Jana Birke

was born in year 1980 in Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe, which was at that time under soviet occupation. Her inspirations has been as diverse as: folklore fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting; the colorful forbidden rare secret imagery of the western pop culture surrounded by mystical, almost religious tone for us, soviet children; the terrifying war and deportation stories that her grandparents, and their little brothers and sister witnessed as small children; pompous alienated eerie atmosphere of the catholic church ceremonies, and the breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances in the opera house, where she was taken since the age of two etc. – all the bitter-sweetness and irreality of the every day. But most of all, life is her inspiration. The way she comprehends it, and herself. People are her inspiration. The state of a human soul – dreams, longing, love, pain – that is what her visual images are about.

More about Jana Birke and her works here.

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Hello, I'm Carolin. I'm a designer and concepter. I love space travel, smooth beats, simplicity and Star Wars. I've studied visual communication at Offenbach Academy of Art and Design and arts management at Freie Universität Berlin. Say hi on instagram @carolingoelder

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