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.
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