MARTA VEINBERGA visual artist

  1. Collective Blanket, 2016, prize stickers, adhesive film, tape on plywood, 152.5 x 152.5 cm

    Collective Blanket, 2016, prize stickers, adhesive film, tape on plywood, 152.5 x 152.5 cm

    COLLECTIVE BLANKET
    (
    ES ZINU, KA KĀDREIZ MAN DĀRZIŅŠ BŪS... )
    prize stickers, adhesive film, tape on plywood
    152.5 x 152.5 cm
    2016

    This work is about a mismatch between human dreams and actual experiences.

    An inspiration for this work comes from a sticky schlager song (it's lyrics telling about one's dream to have "a little garden where roses will bloom and will be no heartbreak") which was a hit for the generation born in a mid-war period in Latvia. Many of those people (like the author’s grandmother) were born and grew up in a countryside – a life now referred to as idyllic – but later moved to the cities and very often ended up living in the least attractive Soviet panel houses. Finally, all that is left from the little dream garden is a vine, shared with hundreds of other residents.

    To grow any kind of garden around one’s house can also be seen in a wider context of decoration and personalization: however great or faulty be the architecture, different plants, figurines, Christmas lights, little paintings or even doilies will inevitably accompany it – and the prize stickers come in here pointing at the human inclination to collect things.

  2. Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

    Collective Blanket (detail).

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      Collective Blanket (detail).

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      Collective Blanket (detail).

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