Lapa ir tapšanas stadijā

Šis emuārs atrodas izstrādes procesā, taču jau tagad šeit var iepazīties ar maniem darbiem, izvēlēties kādu no tiem iegādei vai veikt pasūtījumu. Par to tuvāk sadaļā "Par mani".

Šeit ik pa laikam parādās kāds ar mākslu saistīts raksts un raksti par maniem jaunākajiem darbiem.

Esmu iecerējusi veidot īpašu sadaļu, kas veltīta mākslas vēstures studentiem. Ja jūti, ka vari ko ieguldīt tās kvalitatīvā tapšanā, sazinies ar mani! :)

09.09.14

Pašportrets un ziņas par bloga nākotni

Par blogu-
plānoju mākslas vēstures sadaļu pārcelt uz atsevišķu lapu. Palikušas tikai dažas nianses. Ceru, ka tas pārvērtīsies par atsevišķu projektiņu, kurā labprāt piedalīsies tie, kuri ir uzcītīgi mākslas vēstures studenti un atraktīvi tās pasniedzēji!

Pašportrets.
Šis darbs var šķist abstrakts, taču tajā ir lietota universāla simbolu valoda, izmantojot formu un materiālu (spoguli). Ja vien jūs pietiekami ilgi iedziļināsieties redzētajā, jums varētu rasties savas interpretācijas par šo nozīmi.
Šis ir studiju darbs, un tas ir saņēmis visai spēcīgu kritiku lielākoties saistībā ar izvēlēto mediju. Kāpēc es to netaisīju kā dobspiedumu, augstspiedumu, litogrāfiju vai kādā citā tehnikā? Es negribētu teikt, ka tas būtu neiespējami, taču jutu, ka daudz dabiskāk sasniegt vēlamo rezultātu būtu zīmējot kārtu kārtās tieši ar roku. Zīmējuma kārtainība pierādīja to, ka ir interesanta arī tad, kad darbu mazgāju nost.
Jā, es reizēm iznīcinu savus darbus. Māsa smejās, ka tā ir patiesi laikmetīga māksla, taču man jāatzīstas- es neesmu stājmākslinieks un tāds nekad nebūšu. Mani darbi ir visai spontāna pašekspresija. Tas nav kaut kas tāds, ko citi gribētu kārt sev pie sienas, un es arī nejūtu vajadzību šīs manu domu ilustrācijas (kā man tās pienāktos dēvēt) izstādīt.
Atļaušos būt sentimentāla savā blogā.
Tādā ziņā man reizēm ir grūti. Esot kopā ar kolēģiem un mācību vidē, neizbēgami nākas domāt, ka vajadzētu piedalīties izstādēs. Es jūtu pienākumu, taču ne patiesu vēlmi kaut ko kādam rādīt. Man tas nozīmētu "taisīt darbu speciāli izstādei", domāt "ko gan es gribētu pastāstīt citiem?".
Šobrīd manas domas nodarbina tas, ko es gribētu iemācīties, ko es gribētu radīt. Un es mācos un lēnām kaut ko daru tajās dažās brīvajās stundās, kas man katru nedēļu dotas, bet tas ir lēni :)

Patīk darbiņš vai nepatīk, tomēr piedāvāju vērtētājiem nelielu sportiņu- mēģināt labajā pusē atpazīt pēc iespējas vairāk tēlu! :)


Pašportrets. Ogle, krīts, tuša, spogulis uz audekla. ~ 1x1.5 m, 2013

Now, this may seem a little too abstract, but it does carry a universal symbol language via shapes and medium (mirror). So as long as you ponder on this you might just get a bit of your own ideas regarding the meaning.
This piece was done as a student work and it did receive some fierce critique mostly because of the used medium.
Why didn't I make it as an intaglio print, lithography, woodcut? I don't want to imply that it would be impossible, but I felt that it was far easier to layer images on top one of other by drawing. The layering proved it self to be a really interesting feature when I tried to wash the image of the canvas. Yes, I occasionally destroy my own works.
I have to confess- I'm not a fine artist. Not really. And I will never be. I create my works as a spontaneous expression of my own feelings. It's not something another person would like to see in their living room. I don't even think that these illustrations (as I should call them) of my own thoughts ought to be exhibited.
Maybe I should try and seek a more universal language of expression or do exactly the opposite- try to be as specific as I can?

Anyways- there are a lot of details here, so why don't you try and list everything you can find? :D

23.08.14

Cats

I present to you two sketchy cats. The first one is one of the sketches I made for my game "Ready for school!". If you remember the final version, you can see, that this is quite different.
The second is a small tribute to a cat that lost his life to illness. I'm also thinking about making a tribute in woodcut.



Sketch for "Ready for school!" Charcoal, pastel.

Ninnis, sumi ink

17.08.14

First moku hanga

So, I had a week off and I used that time to learn something and to be lazy as a... sloth itself as well.
I was trying to master moku hanga aka japanese woodblock printing.This week I also had the opportunity to use Japanese printing paper which was a huge relief!
To my grief I didn't quite become a master yet, but hell- it was a lot of fun learning! Now that it's over I can even forget about the major frustration and feeling that I'm stuck.

Some of the tools, plates and best of the results I got. As you can see, I couldn't get it as smooth as it probably should be.



First I created a simple design to learn the technique so don't be startled by my choice of generic subject. This design allowed me to create a fairly simple line drawing, which I used to copy image to other blocks and the water created the opportunity to exercise printing gradients.

While cutting wood, the biggest challenge was not letting the wood chip or cut somewhere by mistake. Since I was using birch plywood and I'm not really skilled at sharpening my cutting knives, that was hard. And as you can see, I did make mistakes.

When the printing part came, it was really hard to understand at first what moisture level should I aim at regarding the paper and wood. Also what's the correct balance of pigment and rice paste. Thru painful failures and some 40 prints I was finally able to get a grip of it. The paper should be soft. If one paper is sticking to the other- it's way too wet. As for the paste- better more than less.

I encountered serious problems regarding bleeding of black color and uneven printing of the rest of colors. I think that now I know the reasons and means to avoid it.
I printed the black using sumi ink, which isn't waterproof. I didn't use the paste to bind it. So either I should print using black pigment next time or I can add paste to sumi ink to avoid this problem.
In regards to rugged appearance of other colors- it may be because of the wood, paper, lack of paste. Even if you polish the plywood prior to cutting, it may show some texture after being moistened. Also I printed on the rough side of the paper. And most of the time probably could've used more of the rice paste.

So with this in mind I can proceed on testing Japanese plywood + learn to make my own rice paste ^^
I do have some very good materials if you're willing to try out this technique yourself.

Also, Japanese woodcutting tools are really a joy to cut with!