Waking up naturally (without an alarm clock) in the morning (doesn't matter at what time) and spending the whole day in the studio.
2. Why do you work as an artist?
It is unbelievably interesting. It converts existential loneliness to happiness.
3. What films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?
Lars von Trier's film, “Breaking the Waves”; Eric Clapton's concert in Glasgow on 12 May of this year; Leo Tolstoy's “War and Peace”; and Andris Eglītis' last solo show, “Life Situations”, at the one-time bank on Kaļķu Street – an epic of perfect, painful, crystal-clear loneliness.
4. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?
In my wife's, Olga Šilova's, older works.
5. Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?
Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull. Could do without the skull as well.
6. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?
I teach at the Art Academy, ride my bike, search for answers, cook.
7. Do you sleep a lot?
I shouldn't sleep neither more nor less than I already do.
8. Do you collect anything?
When my health allowed me to, I collected pipes.
9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?
My electric tea-kettle.
10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?
I like boiled corn with butter and salt. With beer, of course. I hate all kinds of dumplings and soured porridge.
11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
A combine driver. Having spent my summer vacations in the country, I was really impressed by this monumental and powerful profession.
12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.
I don't know if they'd be willing, but I'd choose Salvador Dali, the English writer Arthur Clark, and at the end of the evening – Marilyn Monroe.