Riga_Painting “Personal Mythology. A Journey within” (18 – 29 October 2021)

Topic of the workshop:

Personal Mythology. Using Ritual, Dreams, and Imagination to Discover Your Inner Story. Each and every one of us grapples with our own highly personal mythology-the psychic force that allows us to weave the fragments of our experience into coherent story. These mythologies shape our every thought, perception, and action, helping us to feel safe and secure in our identities. By explorations of the primordial momentum of creation (both, in art and reality), in the process of making art we will aspire to maintain utmost purity and intuitive approach, nonetheless whilst blurring boundaries between subject and object, impossible and ordinary, human and divine, as well as materiality and concept. Exploring the interest in the ways how contemporary art and spirituality can be combined in one’s personal life and creative work. Aim is to search for ancient spiritual practices in different territories - paganic, shamanic, witchcraft, different religious practices and testimonies, and to find the ways how they are still present in our contemporary mindset.

Riga_Graphic Art “Photography as a visual note for printmaking” (18 – 29 October 2021) 

Topic of the workshop: 

Nowadays photography is widely used in art, including printmaking. What considerations lead artists to use photographs or processes of photomechanical transferring images in contemporary printmaking? The purpose of the workshop is not to introduce students to the classical and well-known historical printmaking technique - photogravure (heliogravure) or its modern derivative – photopolymer. The aim of the workshop is to acquaint students with an alternative and simple way of transferring a photograph or part of it onto a printing form, such as a copperplate or lithographic stone. The method does not require a special equipment or materials. A transferred photograph or its part can be supplemented or combined with other printmaking techniques, which offers to artists a wide range of creative solutions. 

Riga_Sculpture “Creative expansion. A gift from Budapest, Rome, Dresden to Riga” (18 – 29 October 2021)

Topic of the workshop: 

Expansion is a very broad and comprehensive concept, a fundamental way and condition of existence. Any form of life is a constant expansion physical and mental. As a growing organism expands in space, as it develops spiritually, we expand into the spiritual space. The work of an artist is an expansion by definition; we fill the world around us with our works.