I have a deep interest in man-made geological formations generated through industrial and military activity: lithic material that we might consider techno-fossils in the future. My research-based practice is situated between visual arts, geology, and storytelling. I explore narratives that shape our everyday interactions with materials and the mythologies around them.
I am developing an artistic methodology that examines the nexus of geo-medium and geo-media, or mineral formations and their representation in the form of 3D scans, satellite images, photomicrography, and archival materials. I work predominantly in the sculptural medium, integrating plastics and ceramics in large-scale, immersive spatial installations.
For the past three years my work has responded to the materialities and underlying cultural mythologies of liquid crystals, trinitite (a byproduct of nuclear testing), terrikons (a byproduct of coal mining), and plastics. In the future I hope my practice will encompass a range of artefacts that collectively reflect on material culture as well as the impressions of human extractivism and militarism on the geological record.
Born in Latvia, with a background in landscape architecture and urbanism, I unearth the impact of geopolitics on geological subjects, tracing the impacts of extractive processes on the material realities of human and nonhuman agents alike. This interest emerged from an initiative called the Degrowth Institute that I launched in 2015 as part of the artist collective METASITU, in which we worked closely with the inhabitants of monotowns in Eastern Ukraine to envision post-industrial futures not based on the vector of economic growth.