Red diary

  There’s often this dream I’m having;

   I’m in a car with 3 other people, their faces I don’t know, but somehow we’re connected. A driver starts to insanely accelerate, and we hit a car from the other direction.  We are in the air and I’m seeing and feeling in slow motion. There is no pain but I know we won’t survive.

Dreams are our subconscious diary. I’m experiencing this slow motion hit day by day. In a reality it has a weight and pain, without blood, but strongly striking my mental part. Impossible to express myself and show how much I have to give to society, I remain ignored. With this piece my anxiety is being materialized. I am printing my senses and body parts; ears, lips, hands, legs, eyes, finger tips and nipple tips, sex determined organ, with my blood, to the glass square tiles. In some parts of the body I can get a clean print, but most of them are blurry abstract stains. Small glass prints should stand on a light background so the structure of dried blood could be most visible.

In this piece thoughts are focused on my friends,  young artists unable to be what they really are, unable to show and share this  beautiful energy and potential. To be accepted and appreciated in our small community. I wonder why our society is so emotionally and creatively blind? What I can conclude is a lack of education, starting from elementary school that has reduced visual arts culture to just one shameful hour per week,  to high schools that have History of Art also one hour per week. This is a work in progress, and it can be developed as an action or performance in a gallery or public space, with visitors to participate. Blood is the same organic substance that connects all people, and numbness seems to be a feeling of the time. So I ask myself again, how to indicate need for creative people and stop their internal bleeding?  Maybe in slow motions, with a lot of persistence toward myself and everybody around me.

 

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When did you fall in love with knowledge?

The project is a work in progress, and my focus is finding an answer to the trigger which activates our love for knowledge. I have interviewed artists from around the world on a residency program Cultivamos Cultura in Sao Luish (Portugal), asking them when did they fall in love with knowledge, what is knowledge  and which subject would they invent and introduce into the school curriculum. I am searching for the period of time when we discovered and started to yearn for  knowledge. Was it in the time when we were educated? Or later in life? How to awake  person’s desire for new knowledges that can be used on a daily basis?  The project is a critique of existing school systems, which are constructed on  information recipience, without their practical use.

With this space intervetion I  want to encourage people of all ages to tell me a story about their creative strategys, that stimulates them to open creative channels applicable in practical life.  When I collected people’s statements I wrote them down on the stones that I removed and put back in the sidewalk. These are some of their thougts:

Knowledge comes from my interacting with the world. Gail Hocking

Knowledge is pattern seeking: lost and found and lost and found. Before I knew what knowledge was and everytime ideas syncronize for me for the first time. Sarah Hermanutz

Knowledge is a process that takes the mistakes from the future and moves them into the past, they skip the future. Nenad Popov

Knowledge is an illusion that destroys previous ilussions. It is oximoronic endles task which allows us to turn unknown unknowns into something else, expending our awareness of our own ignorance. Manuel Furtado

Special thanks to Martha De Menezes and Cultivamos Cultura.

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Self-reflexive herbs

In this ephemeral space intervention I planted herb installation in the forest area. From one part of the forest, I repalnted cover ground plants, lat.sedums, to another part of the forest. From those plants I shaped the word: ”Working? ”

I chose that word as the gude mark and a stopping place in the forest. I’m relating it to the current social and economical problems that are especially felt by young generations of people. This is a place for reflection and self reflection.

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Moment, now

A garden is a living thing, a place that is marked and sometimes abandoned.

The basic concept of the project was to plant interactive land art installation with medicinal and edible herbs. Herbs were  planted to shape the form of letters that formulate the sentence: ”Moment, now”.

Through the research of period of time ”now” I’m trying to find out what are the most common thoughts that throw our mind out of the present moment. When talking about the presence I don’t  necessarily think about having one’s full concentration, but more spontaneous and natural  awareness of this moment through creative activity.

The meaning of the word ”now”  subtly pervades through problems in my close society,  such as:  uncertainty, volatility, corruption, environmental and social crisis etc.

By using the gesture of planting, I occupied myself, trying to leave the product of my experience to the viewer and passerby.

For me, creativity means a lot of variations, views and different actions, that are producing reading of a specific problem. I use the performance as a medium that creates an awareness of the body  and live space installations, made of  plants, which by planting, are bringing us back in the ‘moment now’.

Special thanks to Ars Kozara for their support and help with my project.

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To have or to be

In these exhibition stons are marking the ritual, persistent game of waves and passage of time along with the change in shape. I am stopping the flow of waves by breaking their persistence, and claiming the stones as the ritual continues. The process results with the text on the stones where we find printed recipes, and sometimes drawings of plants. Many titles have a cynical deflection like “Tea against capitalism” or “Mixture against greed.”

I am presenting several unprinted pebbles and a tool for writing on the stones. From observer I am seeking for intervention in the form of comments on the non-printed stones.
I am combining environmental and social issues with the problem of education. Let us remember, a long time ago, Plato says: “Ignorance is the root of all evil”. His opinion undermines the whole Western, Christian civilization which has become a target to raise loads of illiterate believers / consumers to blindly serve invented nationalism or religious dogma.
It reveals that the problem of ecology breaks with the problems of poor and profit based education. Bad environmental solutions good education can fix. Because education broadens horizons, sharpen perception of the world around us. The trained person can more easily resist nationalisms, segregations by color, sexual orientation, etc. Education carries a freer approach to life and moves away from dogma. The trained person is not subject to advertising or political usurpation opinions. Education carries the idea of sharing. The trained person has awareness of environmental neglection and aggressive exploitation of neoliberalism.

Special thanks to the Gallery Fonticus for their support with my project.

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Herb Path, Mother Earth

My environmental art project  for  Rauma Artist-in-Residence programme involves  planting aromatic herbs in Seminar  Garden and a plant installation placed on the trees in the town’s main street . I have marked a route from downtown to the Seminar  Garden by hanging cloth bags  with  medicinal plants growing in them on the trees. On the bags I have written some of my recipes like TEA AGAINST EXPLOITATION : ”Mix equal amounts of dried dandelion root, calendula flower and leaf of hyssop. Use as tea:  1 full teaspoon per  1 cup, and drink 2-3 unsweetened  cups  a  day in small sips. Dandelion root cleanses the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and lymph. First of all dandelion root cleanses the liver and gallbladder  and stimulates the kidneys so the toxins are sent  out of the body.” I meet pupils at school and they can design their own plant for a certain new  purpose to make their life better.

One of the things that influences my artistic work are the problems  that more and more young people are experiencing. I am trying to offer a solution to some of the major symptoms of depression such as  weakness, apathy, lack of incentives, self-doubt, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, meaninglessness, lack of energy  etc. through planting healthy herbs.

With my project I am  researching  the ways how community art:  planting and positioning art work in a public space, can engage people by offering them a herbal approach into life.

The main idea of my project was to plant a garden of healthy and edible herbs.  Herbs are planted in the Seminar Garden in a shape of my silhouette, a young woman, which I call ”Mother Earth”. A garden is a living thing, a place which is marked and sometimes abandoned.  Within the process of planting and exchanging the knowledge of medicinal and edible herbs with young and older people, I want to encourage public discussion and articulation of the current problems of the people (in the community). Do we still collect, grow and use plants for medical purposes?

Art gardening is a tool which can be used in a wider sense  for  waking up people  in creating a widespread resistance of unnecessary consumption, in relaxation and returning  people into  the peacefulness of nature.

Special thanks to Raumars Artist in Residency Program for their support and help with my project.

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Communication Through Herbs, 2012.

Nature, the countryside and everything built around a certain locality is its surrounding. When I moved away from the tall buildings and skyscrapers to the east side of the city, where family houses dominated, I have found myself in completely new surroundings. After a while I wanted to conceive my own way of communication with the new ambience and the people living in it. I’ve noticed that in front of every front door there is a small well-decorated garden. Motivated by it, I’ve started to plant herbs and flowers on my balcony. I have raised the pots from the ground and wrapped them into colorful fabrics so that people passing by could easily notice them. When the seeds started to grow I have also started writing interesting pieces of information about the plants in chalk on the street. For example: “Coriander has sprouted. Tea from its seeds has medicinal properties. I am still waiting for rosemary, thyme and basil to shoot up.” Children were the first to notice my activity on the street, some of them joining me, drawing in colored chalk further down the street. The highlight of the action was when the plants had grown enough for me to replant them in the new pots, leaving them in front of every neighbors door. I have exhibited this piece at the SC Gallery in October 2012.