Exhibition by Latvian artist Kristiana Dimitere “Egg of the Universe”
Kristiana Dimitere’s pop-style sculptures spring from great narratives, like the creation of the world and the immortality of the soul, as well as some minor everyday observations. The artist admires the wisdom hidden in fairy‑tales and she loves the heroes, recreating them or attributing heroism to ordinary people. Everything seems to be whirling around exaggerations – the fairy-tales express the exaggerating inherent in the subconscious mind, and the artist adds even more momentum. She reveals and recreates, with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes.
The sculptures are usually in the artist’s bohemian home near Riga: the cross-eyed Tibetan boy on a bedroom shelf, the headless St John the Baptist on a chest of draws in the living room, Aladdin without the magic lamp on the veranda, and the eggs in the upstairs guest room. The works that so organically fit into the house have been brought to the exhibition hall to get “some fresh air”, as Kristiana says. In addition, the exhibition displays more intimate items, the works dedicated to the artist’s mother, the well‑known film actress Vija Artmane.
Kristiana Dimitere graduated from the Riga College of Applied Art as a sculptor in 1985. She has participated in exhibitions since 1992. In addition to sculpture, she also paints and has made book illustrations, animations and stage design.
The exhibition is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment.