- Viktorija Domarkaite
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Viktorija Domarkaite presents Containing Fire, her outcome of half year project in Estonian Academy of Arts. The art object was inspired by personal tragic experience and a different perspectives of professional firemen.
Jewellery and Blacksmithing, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia.
Teacher: Piret Hirv
During first year of BA studies in Estonian Academy of Arts we got a project theme - Prometheus.
While mentioned is portrayed as the creator of mankind as well as its greatest benefactor, who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to people, my goal was to concentrate on what he gave.
Path I took towards assignment was leaving inside fear of this destructive force and understanding more about it.
Since I am working through and based on feelings, I thought of people possessing biggest emotional connection with the fire itself. The research took me to Lithuanian Fire Department in Kaunas. Just a small group of men decided to share their horrifying experiences, yet there was something I did not expect…
Neglecting terrifying images of destruction, burned bodies, leaving people with no hope or family - firemen still refer to it as warmth and cosy evening with their loved ones. Repetitive interview answers of warmth, while talking about all destructing fire, seemed very strange from someone that has to fight it on daily bases. But this was the key point of their perspective, for firemen tragic situations and unpredictability of their work was equivalent to daily routine, as getting up every morning and taking a shower.
Where in a meanwhile, my one time interaction with fire was scary enough to redefine it from cosy warmth to terrifying experience with life balancing between frightening and precious.
My experience and firemen views mixture materialized in to a brass soap - symbolic representation towards one of the strongest earth forces. Soap is sleek and nice, calming to touch, flattering form which warms up in your hands. Precious gold alike colour calls out a respect to the object, while unpredictable powder coming from inside the soap frustrates and leaves nothing certain. A red pigment is an analogy of not being able to contain the fire – once it is out from a little container inside the soap, there is no chance of gathering it back to the first stage.
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