gallery Zīmulis un ota
Riga, 4 Meža Str.
Open: Mo, Tue, We, Fr 9:00-19:00, Thu 9:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, Su closed
Aug 3 - Sept 8, 2018
I, Marta Veinberga, am an artist living and working in Riga, Latvia. In my paintings and three-dimensional works I like to explore unusual, often readymade materials, one of them – the supermarket prize stickers – being my recent favorite. However, the use of these materials is not only a game for its own sake: a large part of my creative process is devoted to the generation of a conceptual tie between the idea, the subject matter, the material used and the final visual expression. My pieces most often can be described as humorous social commentators with a tinge of existential sadness.
These are the prize stickers. Originally it is an advertising material, something one receives in supermarkets, fuel stations and convenient stores usually for every 5 euros spent. A collection of them attached to a card gives an opportunity to buy certain products with discounts. Though many people think that they already have too much stuff and just throw them out. Others collect them with no clear purpuse. One lucky day I realized that these stickers can be upcycled in paintings. It has turned out that there are many, who find this particular use of them most reasonable.