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Material Driven

Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection; Gray's School of Art Sculpture Collection
Object Type: Sculpture
Artist/Maker: Kalnina, Aigita
Date: 2017
Media/Materials: water, vegetable glycerine, psillium husks, eggshell powder and perspex
Dimensions: overall: 41 cm x 51 cm x 15 cm
Awards: RGU Contemporary Art Practice Purchase Award


Artist statement:

I am fascinated by what materials can do, what forms they
can take (that they not have been designed for), the variety of
making them, processes you can subject them to and how that
actually changes them. Through exploring material making,
I undertake a significant amount of “research” about the
materials themselves and what you do with them – “thinking
through making.”
Each hand made material in my work radiates and thrives in
the unusual mix of the organic and waste matter. My work
centres on methodologies of making and understanding the
process of the materials and sharing this with audiences. My
materials evolve through trial and error. I share a passion for
innovation and experimentation. What does materiality mean
to me? - I suggest it revolves around a careful examination of
different physical properties and importantly their ingredients.
Most often, I let my ideas or concepts for a particular work lead
me to or from the material. Sometimes, I feel that the ‘material
finds’ me.

Object Number: ABDRG2017.32

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