Interview: Dacc E Dukjan
Luca Curci talks with Dacc E Dukjan during MIXING IDENTITIES, third appointment of CANVAS ART FAIR, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
I’m an artist based in Yorkshire, originally from Latvia. I create highly spontaneous and expressive art, using mixed media and different types of materials. My practice predominantly focuses on painting. I am self-taught and draw my inspiration from human relationships and our everyday struggles with inner demons, emotional turmoil, and the melancholic meaning of time and space. There is no concept of what the results will be while doing my art. I do not analyse, don’t have expectations, don’t feel that I have to prove anything. I am unafraid! I only feel freedom! And I believe this is what makes me the artist that I am, being so connected to my life.
“Art is just reflection of what is in my mind, in my art the face is not important, but the eyes, all hidden behind the eyes…“
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Dacc E Dukjan – Art is a bridge… a bridge connected… with other humans and their feelings.
LC – What are you currently working on?
DED – I decided that my next project would be very personal and that would help me connect with people. So in this project, I am planning to highlight and identify the stereotypes of contemporary motherhood in the 21st century and especially to highlight examples of female guilt! Much of my work has been done in isolation, but this time I wanted to create my own personal project, called “Human Host”, which aims to reach out and to give other women the opportunity to “speak out” and to interact with other women that will also hopefully inspire and develop their own personal creativity.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
DED – An artist’s role is (for me at least) very primitive, but at the same time very complicated! While we (as artists) absorb and highlight and speak out and reflect society…. we also build a dialogue in general and are not afraid to express our primary function … that is to be a mirror of the “YOU!” in society! And contemporary art, or “art of today”, plays such a significant role … a role that I am happy to be part of in “todays and tomorrow’s history”.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
DED – I generally create highly spontaneous and expressive art, using mixed media and different types of materials, predominantly using the medium of “painting” as my focus. And as I am self-taught, I tend to draw my inspiration from human relationships and our everyday struggles with inner demons, our emotional turmoil and the melancholic meaning of time and space.
LC – What is your creative process like?
DED – I have no concept of what the results will be while doing my art. I do not analyse or have any expectations and I do not feel that I have anything to prove! I am unafraid! I only feel freedom! And most importantly, I believe this is what makes “me” the artist that I am, in so being so connected to my life!
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
DED – Your vision is very “modern” and I am very pleased to take part in this unique project.
LC – In which way the artwork presented, in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
DED – My artwork “Night” 2020 (part of the art collector S.Page collection), “Jealousy” 2019 and “In between dreams and reality” 2020 have all direct and indirect connections, through the emotions I have expressed.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
DED – Lovely people and a great location, which is well organised. I have been very pleased to be part of the project and I have been inspired from other artist and colleagues.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
DED – Good management, quick response, and I would definitely suggest to other artists a collaboration with you.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
DED – ITSLIQUID understands the role of the “artist” and gives advice on how to better reach an audience.