From 12 July to 1 September the Upper Gallery of the Mūkusala Art Salon will host Sniedze Reine's exhibition Different Drawings.
Sniedze Reine (1989) has spent the majority of her life in social care centre “Veģi” in Talsi Municipality, which is home to people with physical and mental disabilities. Her remarkable talent for drawing was discovered by the centre's teacher of drawing, Talsi artist Andris Biezbārdis. His several decades of work in “Veģi” have earned Biezbārdis the daily Diena and TV3 award Latvia's Pride, and Sniedze's works are the ones the artist has been especially proud of.
Sniedze's first drawings – a factually accurate landscape of the "Veģi" complex from bird's eye perspective – startled the teacher. The girl possessed a natural, not learned, ability to capture in simple lines on paper a perspective-based drawing that depicts views witnessed even for the shortest amount of time. Along with “Veģi” landscapes, Sniedze's early drawings also show scenes from the hospital's intensive care units, where the point of view is located at the ceiling. These unusual angles seemed surprising and extraordinary, and attracted viewers' attention in the exhibitions where her works were shown. The story of the author's unusual vision has been told in newspapers and television programmes on several occasions.
The drawings displayed in the exhibition at the Mūkusala Art Salon have been made over a period of two decades. Along with recent large-format drawings, the exhibition shows early works with seemingly awkward yet perspectival landscapes, views from hospital wards, everyday life in “Veģi” and even imagined situations showing dressed-up, happy characters seen in TV series. All drawings share a structured, graphical division of forms, detailed depiction of separate objects and virtually infinite variation of already depicted motifs.
The latest series of drawings, on which Sniedze has worked for a longer period and which she rarely permits to exhibit, are small-format scenes in colour. They show her acquaintances from “Veģi” or even teachers as hospital patients, and their meticulous execution creates the illusion of printmaking techniques.
Sniedze Reine's exhibition Different Drawings at the Mūkusala Art Salon was made on the initiative of Dina and Jānis Zuzāns.
Exhibition curator: Līga Lindenbauma.
Publicity image: Sniedze Reine. Untitled. 2017/2018. Pencil on paper. 72 x 101.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jānis Pipars.