“A thought… a sudden flashback… a mood set by a song… a sparkling moment.”
Who are you? What do you do?
I’m an artist working with painting, experimental film, installations.
Where are you from?
I’m based in Latvia and Austria
Your style in 3 words?
Shiny eye candy
Your weakness? Your strength?
Weakness: Latvian chips / Losing umbrellas / K-drama
Strength: Connect what is not connected (e.g. eating pizza while washing clothes)
What makes you different?
Exchanging thoughts and stories with other people are crucial in my work. I like collaborating on projects, especially with people from other fields!
When did you decide to become an artist?
I think it’s thanks to a set of gouache paints somebody once bought me as a present. At that moment I think I traded in play time with barbies for paper and colors. From then on, gradually it evolved in to a serious thing.
What do you find most fascinating about your work?
The playfulness about the process of creating an art work and at the same time the possibility to convey complex thoughts, is something I look forward to with each new work I begin.
A few words about your favourite creation?
A thought… a sudden flashback… a mood set by a song… a sparkling moment. In my paintings I erase the image’s context. The concrete setting and place is not important; it’s the sensations that I’m after when I use found images. Transitional panels in a manga that are placed between scenes function to set the mood or to convey a premonition of what is to come. This has inspired me to think of my paintings in such a way that they reveal and obscure at the same time, inducing an emotional response in the viewers that prompt them to enter states of inbetweeness within their personal memories and feelings.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
I’m a big admirer of Félix González-Torres’ work, I’m always amazed by his delicate sense of visualising the emotional state and evoking empathy in the viewer with simple gestures. But on a more daily basis, I get inspired by a lot of great creative minds out there beginning with talented friends to fellow contemporary artist, literates, designers, musicians, performers.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
Until the 14st of September it is still possible to see my works in the Zürcher Kantonalbank (Hegelgasse 6, 1010 Vienna). In October there will be a group exhibition coming up in Vienna but I don’t have more details atm. If you would like to know more, you can hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the mailing list 😉
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
Living a good life, seeing the world and doing something nice for others just because I can.
Do you have a vision?
Yes but I’m keeping it to myself.
2017: Where are we going?
hmmm… I wanna go east! Have to buy a map though! 😉
Your city’s favourite spots?
Riga for me is the city I charge myself on live band music so I like to hang out in KKC, Club Piens, Stritzka Villa and Kalnciema kvartals – these are all places where one can find great concerts and other events. Galleries I find interesting are low gallery and 427. And I recommend checking out the handmade longboards by local Latvian brand JJBordS. Vienna has a more high-class vibe when I compare it to Riga. When I’m in Vienna I like to visit shops and gallery openings and meet other artists. I can’t really name a certain place because I don’t frequent any place in particular. I pretty much like wandering about the city but I do recommend checking out the Vienna-based brand SAGAN Vienna.
Tell us about your future plans…
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♥ JJBordS ♥ SAGAN Vienna