AQUEOUS, 2015 - ongoing

Aqueous starts with a transparent sheet. It is similar to a clear state of mind or the serenity of water at its most quiet form. However, water is in a constant flux; the moment when one thinks to have seen the shape of water, it is already gone. Similarly, the way how we feel about water is dependent on our life experiences and circumstances, thus, constantly shifting. I am interested in malleability of image's physical form and visual meaning through the ideas of polarities: still/moving, abstract/representational, knowledge/illusion, fear/comfort.

When I am filling the transparency with an image, I am trying to fill the gaps in my knowledge, or rather experience, of water. Since I learn about water from working on it, they are images that create the experience. I layer photographs as if dissecting water and looking for recognizable only to REALISE that it is an illusion. I construct these realities of knowledge, movement and depth within the frames, sometimes also drawing the lines and adding tape, to secure stability even though it is not characteristic of water.

Water makes me think about the existence. Working on the subject is contemplating the ever-changing aspect of life, us and photography. Therefore, the indeterminacy of subject and life is also the motivator and strength. When working with dripping ink from a printer, I refer to change and uncontrollable aspects of water and life, as well as the movement of the subject and still of the medium. The alteration of the photographs abstracts the world, connecting the fluidity of water, consciousness, medium and form.



Ambiguous Research at Seven Impossible Seas, 2015

Ambiguous Research at Seven Impossible Seas examines the life suspended in water. It explores hypothetical undiscovered existence in the deep sea. As the deep waters are so less known, the creatures I construct could actually live somewhere.

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IT, 2012 - ongoing

My favourite running path is through the forest that leads to the seaside at my childhood's village. I have taken this route countless times but it was not until one day years later when I took a picture. since then, every time I visit my parents and go for a run, I take a cellphone picture. It is always the same spot but never the same image. It is the spot, the sea, the change, the horizon.






Domesticities, 2010 - ongoing

Domesticities is a portrait of my family and a means to better understanding such terms as home and belonging, my roots and identity. It is at the same time a story of Latvia, its distinctive characteristics and traditions.

I visualise Latvia after two decades of independence from Soviet Union through personal perspective. I am interested to find out what are the traditions that were carried on from the ancestors, what influences got appropriated during the Soviet times and how the new identity in again independent Latvia has been shaped.







* In French:

1) run-up

2) momentum

3) impulse

4) surge

5) the life force

6) elk






Could This Become My Home? 2009

While the city exists without me, I am searching for something familiar but instead I find myself.

Living in a foreign place is to look for answers in the void that is filled with my needs.

My wanderings in Lyon led me to a new truth - I have to leave to learn what I am coming back to.

Could this become my home?