Liena Bondare ©

  1. My recent artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues, leaving a spacious room of interpretation for the viewer. Often referencing Latvian and European history, my work explores the varying relationships between individual and society life, mostly before and after collapse of Soviet Union. Using different cultural symbols as animation heroes, soviet architecture, household objects, as well as mathematical formulas and quotes from art, arranging them in new conceptually layered installations, my work reproduces nostalgic and surrealistic non existing place.

    My position is that of an observer, and I try to point to something not seen or discovered on the first view. My composition-building principles are close to those found in cinema: several images are juxtaposed in order to create a story. However, the story here is ambiguous: there is always open space left for different interpretations, encouraging the viewer to project his/her thoughts and experience onto the structural basis that I have created. In my view, it is the interaction between the inner structures of the artwork and the viewer, where the true essence of the experience lies. Thus an artwork is open to multitude of possible interpretations and translations. It is why conceptual texts on specific artworks serve just as guidelines for the viewer.

    While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology and interest is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and though the subject matter. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work. Each project often consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production new areas of interest arrise and lead to the next body of work.