MILK AND BLOOD
Solo exhibition in Maksla XO gallery / Riga, Latvia / November-December of 2011
Medium: 13 paintings: oil, tempera and gouache w/ graphite, color pencils, print, spray paint and pen on canvas
Exhibition opening. Photo courtesy of Maksla XO gallery.
”Milk and blood are words which we use to describe a young, healthy girl or a child in Latvian language, but separately for each of these words can be found a complicate semiotic meaning. All the works of exhibition seems to be portraits of children and young people, moreover the composition and expression style is very classical with a reference to traditional painting. But at the same time none of them is real ”portrait” as they do not represent a particular person or situation. They are not children. Those are metaphors for innocence, potential of development, vulnerability, intuition.
As an instrument for my painting I combine the synthetic properties of 3D computer programs and fine and precise hand work in different materials – graphite, colored pencils, pens, markers, blow colors, gouache, temperas and oil colors. This is my set of methods to capture the final contrast collision point in a material, in an image, such as artificial – natural, alive – dead, beautiful – unpleasant, attractive – deterrent, ect.”