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All ideas streamlined into a single flow of creativity. Smiltė.

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What I do

artist statement

Exploring human identity systems (individual, social, political, historical, and cultural), I summarize in my works concepts that relate to our relationship with history, the world around us, material or intangible, others and ultimately ourselves. himself. The main material of my work is the paper with which I create constructions, installations, designs, collages and urban projects from digital printing.

In the section Aphrodite’s works, the concept of eternal beauty is contrasted with that of decay, transience, and ugliness. It also contrasts the once glorious past with the current state of affairs. There is no eternal beauty. There is only one flowing state that makes eternal cycles of glory to decline, death again from the beginning. Thus, the dark-skinned images of flawless classical forms constitute a straightforward and caustic commentary on the relation of the individual to its history and identity, whether it bears a dimension of national identity or is perceived by an individual.

A series of baby dolls made of leather, made from collages of multiple black and white photocopies, refer to human transformations. The incessant effort to adapt ourselves to an ever-changing society of values ​​and standards wants us to adopt new habits and dress up a “foreign skin” that will meet the expectations of others.

The concepts of person and person are dominant throughout my work, with the former being understood as a pure rendering of the primary characteristics of the individual and the second referring to the extrinsic and extrinsic elements that shape identity.

Pencil and charcoal drawings feature blurred and indistinct faces, underlining the growing demands of modern society that push the individual into alienation. The figures depicted are faintly recognizable, almost extinct. These anthropogenic sketches may be the image we have of ourselves or the image we have seen with another’s eyes. When all that is unnecessary has been removed, everyone – and all – has a common point of reference.

What is it that characterizes us, what do we recognize as a person, and most importantly what is behind what we create and carry? How do repeated regulatory practices unintentionally or unintentionally shape a person’s identity? Paraphrasing Judith Butler, identity is not something that one is, but something that one does. It is not about being, but about doing. So through applied artistic research, and having first approached the image of myself, it touches on aspects of the social context and sharpens our ability to understand and empathize with one another.