The Latvian painter, Ritums Ivanovs (1968), answers the “Daily Dozen” questions. Read more about her in the section, “Artists”.
Click here to see studio of Ritums Ivanovs (1968) through “The Eye”.
1. What’s the best moment of your day?
Probably when I'm not thinking –“I am”; that can happen when I'm taken over by a dream, or when my work has taken me to a such a level, that I am elsewhere.
2. Why do you work as an artist?
I believe I'm working on visual culture, including painting; but, if it's possible to get anywhere near art, than that's satisfying.
3. What films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?
I'll be serious here and say Woody Allen's film, Midnight in Paris, because while watching it, I couldn't stop giggling to myself, which was a surprisingly positive effect.
4. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?
It seems that I find them inside of me, however, they are external and visually social stimuli.
5. Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?
I wish to think less and less about private ownership; I increasingly want to feel art's extensive and true power in the most various of manifestations. Museums and galleries have this power.
6. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?
It's harsh, but it's a kind of existing along with the joy that we “are”; this probably is the largest and most complicated part of life.
7. Do you sleep a lot?
That's probably true.
8. Do you collect anything?
Probably moments of sun, power and energy, which come from experiences in nature and with people.
9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?
Size has no meaning, but light does. Light – it is magic.
10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?
I like wine and fruit.
11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
My wishes changed every day, but I was satisfied with a regular pencil and eraser.
12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.
Jarmusch, Lynch, Kim Ki-duk, Barney – probably because their films speak to me and intrigue me; but with my friend, Sandris Rīga, I now know that it is possible to relive the times of the hippies, Pauļuks [a Latvian painter, 1906-1984], and “Kaza”[a period (1962-1970) of relative/illusory freedom in soviet Latvia].