For my exhibition title, I borrowed a phrase from a book by Michel Foucault, where he mentions a certain Chinese encyclopaedia, “The Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge”, imagined by Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986).
The fundamental theme of the exhibition is, to put it simply, joy — the joy of interacting with clay, porcelain or stoneware; the joy you feel when your inner sight offers you a scene, a figure or a shape, and you know that now is the moment to make it physical through your chosen material. I am not encumbered by a higher mission to “transform” or “improve” the world. My work makes no reference to breaking global news, nor does it advocate a “blue”, “green” or “yellow” lifestyle. My pieces are inspired by music and reading, immersion into art books or passenger observations during tram rides. They are the works I can coexist with in my studio — figurative pieces with a narrative story, different vessels, my playful experiments with shapes and glazes. And they radiate the joy I find in creativity, which (and I’m only half-joking) is almost approaching a manic glee that always tastes like more. This is how I play with my imagination. This is my inner sight.
WISHING YOU ALL LOTS OF JOY!
Juta Rindina was born in Rīga in 1953. After graduation from Rīga Secondary School of Applied Art (1972) and the Art Academy of Latvia, Ceramics Department (1977), she was accepted into the Latvian Artists Union in 1984. Her exhibition record across domestic and international grounds dates back to 1977 and includes several solo shows. Rindina’s work is featured in private and museum collections in Latvia, China, Russia, the USA, etc. In 2018, she triumphed at the Latvia Ceramics Biennale, earning the Gold Prize in the national category at the international juried exhibition “Martinsons Award”.