Dita Lūse

Born in: 1972, Latvia

Lives in: Riga, Latvia

Media: Painting

Describe your work in 3 words: Light, space and time

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City - Oil on canvas 100 x 90 cm

"I intend my art to be like a refuge, full of balance and tranquility, where time slows down for the viewer of my work. I use overlays of light, memories and space, and the meditative aspects of patterns to capture the viewer, to make them lose themselves and forget about time."

What themes does your work involve?
I work on several themes, but they all come down to the relation between light and time, and longing for calm. I paint spaces that are loaded with memories, interrupted by a fleeting shimmer of lights. Another theme is the momentary flash of x-ray that reveals the hidden and allows to discover the invisible fragility. I also keep returning to the theme of a window, both as the way to see inside and as a complicated play of transparencies, reflections and memories.
Describe your creative process.
I'm a greedy collector of impressions and photos. I pick the ones from my archive that stir my emotions and help to convey the idea. Then I work on sketches both by hand and on the computer. I usually plan a series, making a set of sketches, and thinking of the feeling and atmosphere that the works should convey. I plan the painting process very carefully before starting it – I work in very thin layers, washes and glazes and can't afford mistakes.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
The sources of inspiration are various. It may be a moment I want to hold on to – sun rays on the floor, the scent of flowers, an echo of steps in a hall. An inspiring travel, a revelation brought by a book about science or philosophy. Or sometimes, a moment of mutual understanding, a feeling of kinship. I perceive the world visually, and I yearn to convey the visions that inspire me further.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me, good art is one that stirs my emotions, surprises, makes me think about the artwork and remember it after time. A good artwork has immediate connection with my perception and captures me, draws me in and does not let me go. My academic training also has taught me to respect professional skill, and it is part of what I want to see in the artwork. For me, visual arts ought to be perceived through vision, and I feel there should not be any need for an explanatory text to accompany the work.
What is the role of the artist today?
Artists may have very different roles – to provoke, shock, surprise, entrance or inspire. Each of us feels what is the best we can do as artists. Entering an art school let me choose classical art education at a very early age, and it probably has shaped my way in art. In my view, in our age of non-verifiable informational overload, art remains a very honest media, maintaining a dialogue between the author and the viewer.

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