Arta

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Photo credit Massoud Memar

I am

a visual artist and experience designer born in Riga, Latvia. In the Baltic states nature is perceived as a top source of energy and quietness, and this bond with nature historically goes hand in hand with the tradition of craftsmanship. Aside from my love for nature, through the ups and downs of my background growing up in a post-Soviet Republic, I have been curiously discovering the concepts of freedom, independence and responsibility. My values as a person and as an artist are feeling connection with nature, myself and others, conjointly with conscious individual autonomy.

Riga

I graduated from the Turiba University in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration and from Riga Technical University in 2008 with a degree in Total Quality Management. During my studies I worked in Turiba University and later in Latvenergo – one of the largest power suppliers in the Baltics. I decided to move to the Netherlands in 2008 to expand my horizons, to explore the world. I had several corporate jobs and I was travelling and exploring the world in my free time, till I started my second study period.

Amsterdam

In 2016 I graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy audio visual department. Besides my individual art practice I was a co-founder of an art collective DAY, where I was actively involved in development of upcycling projects and live performances in 2017.

Since 2018 I have been devoted to a sustainable lingerie prototype design, fiber research and develpment of an innovation coaching program.

Artist statement

My longing for more harmony in human’s relation to his natural environment and a deep need to reconnect to the physical matter invites me to create artistic work that inspires us to think about sustainability. Many times we, people and our surrounding nature, pass each other by on a daily basis, but without ever taking the time to really know each other. Through my work I would like to provide an opportunity to slow down and see our environment with a new set of eyes. The environmental and social issues of our time demand that we consider art and design as a transformative social practice and promote environmentally and socially conscious habits among society. My work is produced with consideration for the wider impact of the work and its reception in relationship to its environments (social, economic, biophysical, emotional and cultural). With my practice I refer to the modern, fast lifestyle and I’m confronting those lifestyle patterns in the way I live, work and deal with materiality, by following my intuition.