Valerie Savchits

Valerie Savchits’ working-class upbringing in post-Soviet Latvia informs her art. She witnessed a “country unwilling to embrace progress,” which she says “manifested her interest in the concept of ugliness and its position in art and culture.” Her work invites viewers to immerse themselves in a world where humanity has failed to fight its own apathy and indifference, a world where fiction becomes reality, and a cult of ignorance abounds. These images are accompanied by diary entries and excerpts from Russian literature. Savchits’ practice engages a range of two-dimensional media and experimental sculptures made from various materials, including clay, raw minerals, wood, and metal.