Latvian artist Armands Zelčs

Armands Zelčs 0

The artist Armands Zelčs (1978) answers the “Daily Dozen” questions. Read more about the artist in the section, “Artists”.

Take a Sneak Peek into the studio of Armands Zelčs!

1. What’s the best moment of your day?

When there's nothing more to do for the day.

2. Why do you work as an artist?

Because I want to. But if there's a rational basis for my wanting to, I can't find it. Possibly, one isn't even needed.

3. What films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?

For me, it's like a “Best of” audio cassette, on which all of the songs can be recorded over. Something has been recorded, then erased, and then something new is recorded. As a result, there's a lot there, but nothing from start to finish.

4. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?

Same as before – through self-analysis.

5. Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?

One of those really expensive ones.

6. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?

This same question, but formulated in the past tense and by the voice of an angry Morgan Freeman, could be heard in my head every evening. I'd have to answer, “I really don't know.”

7. Do you sleep a lot?

I guess I couldn't possibly sleep any more.

8. Do you collect anything?

I'm pointlessly making a list of people who say “sašļiks (shishkebob)”.

9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?

In my case, my studio is my workroom. I sit there and think, make models with various materials, or do nothing. In any case, a fireplace is very useful. When I'm sure of what I want to make, I move to rooms appropriate for working.

10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

There's so much that I like, that I'll limit myself to things I don't like to eat. I don't like bread with coriander seeds. I'm not too fond of cottage cheese with jam, either.

11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

The head of a toy factory.

12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.

Although a successful evening is a rather vague concept, I'd have to say that one example is when I met the Finns, Anssi 8000 and Maria Stereo, in Tallinn after an exhibition. I can't wait to meet with them again.