acrylic, oil, UV print on canvas 120x75cm 2017 - 2018
The imagination is often the most important instrument of approaching experiences and memories. Inga Meldere works a great deal with it, presenting works with multi-layered references. In this series, created specially for the exhibition "There and Back Again", Meldere has focused on the presence of the process in the work on art and on pedagocic elements - how things are highlighted and how they are read. The illustration of the process incorporates a variety of references from history, images from magazines, impressions from travel and research (for example, her recent residency at the Baltic Art Centre in Gotland), as well as from the culture of the 1990s, the period when the artist was growing up. In searching for material, the aim had been to follow her inner voice and passion, thus stimulating self-reflection. In addition, the return to the 90s as a time that was crucial to the development of her identity, full of creative experiment and the spirit of free expression of DIY culture, is certainly a critical factor right now at the beginning of the 21st century, because it also brings up the issue of belonging and memory to the forefront.
Text by Maija Rudovska, "There and Back Again" (2018-2019) exhibition catalogue, Kiasma