This work is my dedication to the Latvian Minister of Finance for wanting to put a stamp on us - “Social correction”.
"Decision - social correction". Paper, rapitograph, ink, egg tempera. 34x28cm. 2020.
Spring 2020. For a moment I was in a rather hopeless and indefinable sense of what was happening and what would happen next. Probably like anyone on the planet at the time. Sitting, listening to the radio, twisting a pencil in my hands, and hoping that the “freezing” hadn't taken me completely, an angel sketched on the ordinary A4 printer paper - quite weird and lined around like strings that were pulled to the last. Colors: red – anger and anxiety, blue - hope, black - hopelessness, white - Divine light, which, however, shines in the middle of it all. And, the angel himself is already white .... To some extent, it all developed itself, continuing the thought process. Artist just thinks in colors ... Mostly….
Suddenly, my attention was drawn to a sentence heard on television: "get worse before it gets better". I realized “YES”! That is the right thing for my angel! Sentence as created for an angel's black shirt. A sentence that describes the small planet EARTH, the hopes, despair, expectations and fears. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, said exactly what I needed to hear at that moment!
As it almost always happens, the right idea comes at the most unpredictable moment and place.
Maybe, someday, 100 years from now, the people who will own this artwork will look at it and think of a time when the world was rolled over great plague with the codename "Covid-19" and that was the time when the world suddenly stopped ....
"Covid-19". Paper, rapitograph, ink, egg tempera. 26x17,5cm. 2020
Some time ago, I watched a series of films about the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, about his life and dreams. What I saw impressed me so strongly that for a long time the idea of a painting came to my mind. Next, in my imagination, the idea became a real vision. I already saw the blue tone that will be and I knew that there would be a face somewhere… In my imagination - a fairy-tale-like image, something fabulous, mysterious, distant. I was looking forward to the moment to get to work. The commissioned works, which had to be completed and due to which I could not start this fairy tale, marked the visual view of the future painting even more and more vividly. When I was finally able to start work, it was ready in 3 days. Everything that was on my mind, through hands, brushes and paints, like antennas, just had to be put on paper.
Astrolab (astrolabia), an ancient measuring instrument for determining the position of the sun and stars. Astrolab gained the highest point of spread and development in Islamic lands. Only later, around the 10th / 11th century, astrolab was introduced to Europe. It has been used by sailors for navigation since the 15th century.
I call the work "Tales of the deep blue sea". I do not know whether it is Sultan Mehmed II and what it has to do with seafaring, travel and the sea itself. This is just my fantasy, in which I leave room for you, my dear viewers, for your fantasy of what it is. As a mysterious journey into the fairy kingdom...
"Tales of the deep blue sea". 56x33cm. Monotype, egg tempera. 2021
Any copy, even the best one, will be a poor imitation. Because it will not have the artist's soul participating in the creation moment. Emotions can not be imitated. Every line of brush, every stroke of color - the emotions of the moment are everywhere in an art work. Can it be imitated? The artist himself can not repeat his own feelings twice. Because, after a second, it is already a thing of the past!
So, what is the value of the copy?...
I often paint Icons, that recognize the Icon of particular time, school, century. I have never had the goal of repeating what has already been created and is brilliant. I want to pass on this beauty by putting my emotions, my soul in each touch of the brush and color.
Iconography is a specific and very beautiful art. The Icons must be recognizable, corresponding to the Canons, developed by the Church, long, long time ago. The Icons is not an object of the interior. The purpose of the Icon is to invite prayer, open a window to the Divine world, be a helping hand when it is needed. Therefore, the Icon must be lively, warm work of art.
And only the artist, with his emotions, when painting, can makes it so!
Original. Painted in the late 12th century.
Like my children, I "dress my works in pretty cloths" - each has its own packaging. You will never find two of the same! I look up, what kind of box, what colors and ribbons would fit. I see if I have to sew a little bag, if I have to make laces, if it is a festive or casual packaging. All of that is determined by the character of the artwork and possibly by some special occasion. To package an artwork well is part of the process just like making art! I can sit by the sewing machine and create something beautiful with cloth and threads. When everything is ready, the art piece is packaged and ready to go to its human, I am happy, because I like what I have done. And if I like it, then others probably will too!
All of my artworks are single samples and so the owner of one will have a unique piece. I really hope that this joy of receiving will stay in owner memory for a long time.
There is a reason why we know that the first impression is the most precise...
For a long time working with art I have also made post cards and through the years many have found their people. I continue to believe that we will always want to make people happy with words written precisely for them and written by hand. Because, I receiving joy like a child, when postman gave me a letter!!!
It was avery good experinece for me, and a lot of artists from all over the world I met!
I was honored to meet the Latvian Cultural Attache from Embassy of Latvia Mrs. Irene Hamilton! Events like this really inspire me to work!
Who knows, maybe I will get in again and participate:)
How are my works made?
Sometimes the idea of an artwork in my mind is formed for a very long time. And then the moment comes when the idea is ready. I "see" finished artwork in my head. That is the time to realize it! Often the idea comes from the impression of a task, experienced as an event, movie or book, or just of my life...
The idea for these two artworks came a long time ago - for one ("Singularity. Where does the light break I")- at the end of 2018. I started working on it in February 2019. The thought was about light. The many squares are our living space. The gold circles that have cracked - this is the light path in our lives. The second one ("Singularity. Where the light break II") was created for my solo exhibition in 2018. But, it took its final form in 2019. The idea is also about the light path. The idea is about a black hole. Even light does not escape from it. But, I believe that even in the darkest place there is light in our souls...
In September I submitted two artworks to the exhibition selection board. And, so, my art accepted and will be display until 05.01.2020. in the Annual Visual Art Exhibition "Autumn 2019" in the Latvian Artists Union.
But You, the viewers, always have space for Your interpretation. What do You see in a work of art? Perhaps this is a completely different idea than what the artist wanted to say?
For both artworks I chose text from the Book of Job 38:19-24:
"Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness where is the place thereof, that thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? Knowest thou it, because thou wast the born? or because the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? But what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?"
You can also have the patron saint of all cooks in Your kitchen!
This Icon can be a good gift for someone who enjoyes cooking!
Even if I travel or am here in Latvia, my "little asylum" - the Icon of Our Lady is always with me in my pocket! There had been some difficult times in my life, and always when I look in the eyes of the Mother of God I can speak with God, think about my family. We, humans, are emotional. We need to believe. My little Icon of Our Lady is my Ocean of Faith. And this Ocean is in my pocket, always with me!
Maybe, this little "Ocean" is for You?