Six fingers, 2017
Plywood, canvas/ egg tempera
The artist´s comment on the artwork: “A year ago I participated in the exhibition “A Place Where Everything is Better”. The organizer of the exhibition, Gundega Evelone, asked artists to think about a Latvian myth that life in Estonia is better than in Latvia. I made three paintings with three tales about it. The exhibition took place in border city Valga and also in Riga.
Here is the 2nd tale-memory. It is written also in Latvian and Estonian language.
Estonians are strongly convinced that Latvians has six finger foots. Why so? Research has proven that on Earth use to live many human with more fingers than nowadays. From those times has stayed system of time dividing in 24 hours. More fingers were need for easier climbing up on trees. Do estonians thinks latvians are older model of human being? Or maybe they think that latvians are very strange birds?
Igauņi ir stipri pārliecināti, ka latviešiem ir seši kāju pirksti. Kāpēc? Pētījumos ir pierādīts, ka agrāk Zemi apdzīvojuši cilvēki, kuriem bijis vairāk pirkstu. No tiem laikiem saglabājies arī 24 stundu laika dalīšanas sistēma. Vairāk pirkstu bijis nepieciešams arī lai būtu ērtāk rāpties kokos. Vai igauņiem latvieši šķiet arhaiskākās izcelsmes? Bet varbūt viņiem šķiet, ka latvieši īstenībā ir savādi putni?
Eestlased on veendunud, et lätlastel on kuus varvast. Miks nii? Uurimused on näidanud, et varem elasid Maa peal inimesed, kel oli rohkem varbaid kui tänapäeval. Sellest ajast on pärit 24ks tunniks aja sisse sukeldumise tava. Samuti oli lisavarbaid vaja puudel ronimiseks. Kas eestlased arvavad, et lätlased on inimsoo esivanemad? Või peavad nad lätlasi mingiteks väga veidrateks lindudeks?”
The artwork is participating in MyEstonia? competition
'My Estonia?' calls for reflections on Estonia through the eyes of foreigners. For some participants, Estonia might be a chapter of their lives, for others it may evoke more arbitrary associations or Malevich “Black Square” type of interpretations - all in all, the competition looks for a wide array of playful approaches.
A selection of works from the competition participated in ArtVilnius ´18 on 7-9 June 2018.
Online voting to identify the winner of the Public Choice Award took place at NOAR.eu art platform from 28 June until 12 July. See all participating artworks and the results of the competition HERE!
NB! As the purpose of the competition is not commercial, the participating artworks are not sold through NOAR. Nevertheless, prices are indicated as in case you would purchase any of the artworks, we are happy to put you in touch with the artist to agree on terms of purchase, delivery, etc.