Marta Veinberga is a visual artist living and working in Riga, Latvia. In her paintings and three-dimensional works she likes to explore found and readymade materials, one of them – the supermarket prize stickers – being her recent favorite. However, the use of these materials is not only a formal game for it's own sake: the most important part is the generation of a conceptual tie between the general idea or theme, the material, visual expression and sometimes the creative process itself. Veinberga's work shows an interest in human being as social and psychological curiosity in a certain historical context. These themes are uncovered by motives of architecture and design without the use of human figure.
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 - 10 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. For Marta Veinberga, these stickers serve as an upcycled painting material. It has turned out that there are many, who find this particular use of them most reasonable and donate their stickers for art.
A pathetic donation (unfortunatelly traumatized stickers are not useful)
An adorable donation (three different kinds of stickers joined on one strip)