Photographer Marta Ivanova
Hey Egle! The first question would be about internet communities that you belong to and the fact that they have certain influences on you. Could you tell us how did you find them and what was their hook for you?
“There is no honesty, no matter what I may say, everything is a lie but, first of all, it won’t be me because I am here only as a ventriloquist doll” (Samuel Becket).
Mostly I am happy because I found this blog. SOME WEIRD ART BY WEIRD ARTISTS. At the moment, there are 24 regular participants in it. I am here since September of 2010 and the blog itself is alive since the November of 2006. The name of the blog has a connection to Max and Moritz comics, in which the protagonists are eaten by ducks, cha cha cha. We could say that ammunition of (non) normal humor/irony/sarcasm is characteristic to the bunch that gathers here. We put our created artwork in here as well as comments and advice. We also share interesting findings and our own thoughts, dreams, links etc.
The main thing that unites the artists, who participate here, is the unconfined position towards creation, which is close to the outsider art or philosophy of stuckism. The means of expression that is included in this site are traditional media with occasional intervention of digitalism. We can find comics’ artists, animators, and illustrators among the participants. Usually one field of art is not a limit. There is no commercial art and the status of a professional artist is not what any of us seek. Teachers of elementary schools, tire sails men, computer game creators – it does not matter what you do for a living because what’s important is that, which you create. The main participants of the blog are from USA, France, South Korea, Scotland, Holland, Poland, Canada, Germany, and Belgium.
You often call yourself by the pseudonym Shaltmira. What does it mean and what is its story?
It means the difference between what was given and what was chosen. Memoria praeteritorum bonorum. The whole collection of my artwork is living by this name.
How do you think the day-to–day life, art and perspectives of a young artist such as yourself are different from those, living in the West?
Everything entwines. I was always interested in deviations, pathologies, critical states and positions. Weakness is the person’s strength. Unconsciousness, people and phenomenon. How far can a person go and what are his motives? Is he seeking pleasure? It’s a slippery line. What does a being, which was born with two heads, think? Museums of freaks. A love story of a serial killer – prostitute – lesbian can be so beautiful and painful. I was very interested in biographies of serial killers. The questions about identity, the Queer theory and Women’s studies. I am interested in visual pleasure and L. Mulvey’s theory about the “non – existence of an innocent look”. Killers and suicides, executioners and victims, the Stockholm syndrome, wars, dictators and the wounded, traumatized, the victims of generations of freaks. There is no need for science fiction films. All we need to do is to look at things that are happening in the reality. <…>
I always liked to read. I think of Samuel Beckett’s writing as my bible. Waiting for Godot is the most accurate metaphor of life! Besides this I read books of such authors as Daniil Kharms, Witold Gombrowicz, Charles Bukowski, Marcel Schwob, José Donoso. In addition, I value poetry of Algimantas Mackus, Antanas A. Jonynas, Algimantas Mikuta, Mantas Gimžauskas, Dainius Gintalas, Rimas Burokas and writing of Antanas Škėma, Juozas Erlickas and Sigitas Parulskis. Music also plays a big role in my life. The feeling of discovery is nice. I explored metal to gothic and industrial to noise music scenes. There was a period, during which I listened only to Suicidal Depressive Black Metal and I did not need anything more at that time. However, there is no attachment to one style anymore. The most important thing is emotion and honesty. You can experience that in an opera as well as at a shitcore concert. Films and video all-around is another important part of my life. I have a couple of favorite directors, among which are Harmony Korine, John Waters, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Spike Jonze, Gregg Araki, Peter Greenaway, Matthew Barney, Kenneth Ager… <…>
The Internet influences creative industries and the way artists work. What is your opinion about it? Is the possibilities provided by WWW important to you?
The virtual space is very important to me. The main advantage is the easy and fast way to find information and its dispersion. It’s a convenient tool of communication. Internet galleries and portfolio surely change the meaning of an original artistic piece. It’s easier to just scan/photograph an art piece and publish it on the Internet than organize a real exhibition. And it’s possible to reach a wider audience on of course.
How do you imagine yourself after five years? What would be you ideal scenario?
„I don’t mind going nowhere as long as it’s an interesting path.” I don’t have a specific five year plan, but there is a direction. The most important thing is to do something that gives me pleasure and what I am interested in the most. For me it’s art. „If you want something you’ve never had before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.” That’s why there is a ever continuous search.