Axisweb Curated Prize
As part of my research for the Axisweb Curated Prize, I interview the artists in my selection on their use of rubbish/waste/discards.
Interview with Inguna Gremzde
AB: Why do you work with rubbish/trash/discards?
IG: After arriving to London for MA studies in 2010 I was overwhelmed by the huge amount of packaging materials consumed in everyday life. Some blue bottle caps were landing on the table and in a metropolis with enormous amount of waste generated everyday recycling some of them in the form of artwork started to feel almost like a moral obligation. The work being easily portable also was important issue at the time. So the size of the caps serving as a useful contemporary frame dictated the scale of work.
AB: Do you have a preferred term for those materials?
IG: In general I refer to them as caps and lids (other work is painted on transparent plastic lids), but the overall used term is rubbish.
AB: Where do you source your materials from?
IG: I’ve been lucky to have an enthusiastic friend, artist fellow Luisa Sanchez Perez who did the sourcing for me. The work could not have been possible without the great help of community involvement. Important part of the project was to recycle already used caps despite being given a logical advice to ease the matter by simply ordering large number of caps from the manufacturer.
AB: What criteria do you have when sourcing your materials?
IG: So far I’ve been working only with packaging materials which have short life span and are destined to be thrown out immediately after use. It was essential that caps being mass produced rather perfectly shaped objects give unifying finish effect to paintings done by hand.
The important criteria for caps is to be undamaged and not too worn.
AB: What processes do you apply to/with these materials?
IG: The landscape is painted on a card (a bit thicker than paper), then the card is placed in a cap, which serves as a contemporary frame. The only process I can think of the caps undergoing is thorough washing.
AB: What context do you show your work in?
IG: I’ve been showing my artwork in galleries as a fine art pieces, as well as in Contemporary Art Centers, which often curate shows focused on subject of recycling materials.
AB: What happens to the materials/work afterwards?
IG: Hopefully the cap gets a sort of life extension in the form of artwork. These small framed landscapes could have been intended for looking at when seized by a vague feeling of necessity to escape from urban environment in metropolis with dense population where nature can be experienced only in the form of parks.