Originally from Riga Latvia, I am now a painter living in Wexford, Ireland. Growing up during Soviet times, being an artist was the only chance to express one’s hunger for inner freedom and aspiration. The rewarding years in the Academy of Art in Riga Latvia gave the academic background fostered by the most talented Latvian artists and mentors at the time.
Last year as a mature student I earned my (BA) degree in Arts from IT Carlow Wexford School of Art and Design. Considering the work of Luc Tuymans and Michael Borremans as an influence, especially their use of monochrome colours and unsaturated palette. My fascination about human body plays with issues of affection, aversion, equity and current politics.
As a source material I am using old Victorian photographs, erotic photographs from 1920’s called French Postcards as well as my own images. The line between true stories and fictions is blurred, as I provoke harsh flirt with ruthless aspects of time and timelessness.
My work presents large-scale figurative oil paintings. It is about women, death, religion and sex. My women are real but anonymous. They are taken out of the time, with no power of speech. Painted characters are pointing to the misleading illusory imaginations that control human obsessions and phobias through the historical disasters. They are symbols stereotyping dangerous pleasures (like war crime and sex crime) and confronting horror, femininity and mortality.
The image elements of my recent work (dome ceilings, water, smoke, war planes) are codes, belonging to my personal history. They are archetypes. They are factually absurd fragmented memories turned into autonomous story lines. I question ideas of physical and spiritual. Synthesizing the human and divine, my work is collaging deep mystery of current and timeless. I always enjoy the play around the ambiguity of the photographed and the painted image, - between the truth and the fiction.