In Saecola Saeculorum, 2023
Styrofoam, plaster, steel, Plexiglas, projection et al. Size is approximate.
BA thesis work “In Saecula Saeculorum” focuses on psychological revelation as an embodied experience. By combining two dimensional images in movement with spatial sculptural objects the work explores the relationship between the mind and the body in a process of self-realization. The impulse came from a personal experience with a psychotherapeutic practice called Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) during which the author explored how the muscles, nerves and blood flow in her body react to certain memories and ideas, helping to formulate otherwise inaccessible insights in the psychological realm. While the reflections of the mind can play tricks on the perception of size and relationships between different elements, the physical presence, vulnerability and limitations of the body provide us with a feeling of certitude. The objects that represent the embodiment are inspired by the seeds of a blood orange, both a culturally loaded and a personally important symbol. Words of the titular phrase refer to the same indo-european root that etymologically links the Latvian words for “seed” with the Latin for “age” and English “secular”. The phrase itself originates in the New Testament (there written in Koine Greek) and is most notably echoed in the Book of Revelation where the prophet John, while imprisoned in a cell, is being shown visions of ages after ages. It is a contemplation of worlds opening for new worlds as seeds open and transform to create new seeds.