Arta

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Photo credit Massoud Memar

I am

a visual artist and an experimental designer born in 1983, 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.

Amsterdam

I graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy audio visual department in 2016 and since then have been based in Amsterdam. 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 textile innovation research and sustainable garment prototype design. At the moment my two main interests as well as fields of practical work are ecological lingerie design and plant based fiber research.

I am also currently collaborating with a photographer/video artist Valters Palaps on the short fantasy film ‘Bear with me‘. At the moment the film is in the costume design and subsidy quest stage. My part in the project is a storyline and costume design.

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.