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Paintings and sculptures

Post Plastic Fauna

Year 2020/2023
Type paintings and sculptures

The project POST PLASTIC FAUNA that showcases the unique fusion of art and science, exploring the intersection of amber fossils and the pressing issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.

The artist draws inspiration from the resilience of nature and its ability to adapt to changing environments, using this as a foundation for creating a series of sculptures that resemble futuristic fossils. Each piece features a mutated organism trapped inside the amber, symbolizing the impact of human actions on our natural world. Through this project, the artist hopes to raise awareness about the urgent need for sustainable practices and inspire viewers to take action to preserve our planet for future generations.

Art Shows

upcoming duo show «Amber Road. Reloading» – Latvian Academy of Sciences – Riga, Latvia

Solo show «Tree of Life» – Capitol 55 – Rho, Ital

group show “Green Gold” – Villa Camperio – Villasanta, Italy

duo show «Amber Road. Reloading» – Palazzo del Pegaso – Florence, Italy

Art critique

by Mattia Lapperier

Amber encapsulates within itself our cultural heritage. It imprisons it forever while at the same time revealing through its transparency. Amber protects our heritage from the pitfalls of time, crystallizing it into an eternal present and projecting our culture into the future in the form of a message that is not always immediately understandable but that we are called upon to interpret, understand and pass on. Valentinaki imprisons natural and artificial textures in the resin, creating delicate dispersions of colour with abstract shapes. This conceptual operation allows the artist to draw attention to the environmental problems that could potentially mar indelibly the quality of life of future generations. Valentinaki moulds zoomorphic elements that conjure up primitive organisms, in part thanks to the intrusion of oyster shell valves in her compositions. The series od works Post-Plastic-Fauna lead us to reflect upon the aforementioned legacy of the sea and at the same time on the footprint of polluting and non-degradable materials that are used provocatively by the artist with the aim of helping visitors think about the risks associated with the lack of a culture that fosters respect for the environment. The works focus on amber both from the point of view of its mere external appearance and, above all, from that of its intrinsic meaning. Valentinaki’s works can thus be interpreted as fossil casings that ideally encapsulate the legacy of our time, exactly as future generations will find it. To emphasize even more the intimate connection between the various eras, the artist has inserted Saules koks (Tree of the Sun) into her works, embroidering one of the traditional Latvian folk symbols directly on the canvas. This ancestral arboreal pictogramoriginates from the pagan culture that is still alive and widespread in contemporary Latvia and links the ancestors to today’s generations and to the next generation to come. Past, present and future blend together, finding a permanent home in a coalesced mass of resin that has intricately twisted shapes and a primordial appearance. Valentinaki puts forth an authentic archeology of the future composed up of its finds and then arranges it in such a way as to evoke the German Wunderkammers or Cabinets of Curiosities that were housed in the first natural history museums. The display choices and the Tree of the Sun symbology together highlight the true guiding thread of the entire cycle of works, that is to say the delicate issue of moral responsibility we have towards our posterity