Foreign Locals 2020

Nikita, Age 18

  • Print
  • Linocut; oil - based ink.
  • A1 portrait

Non-Citizen / "Alien" passport. My version of Latvian coat of arms. This piece is the result of a very old, ongoing conflict between Russian and Latvian cultures populating Latvia. Three stars represent three different regions of Latvia - Vidzeme, Latgale, Kurzeme & Zemgale. The sun covered by an all-seeing eye represents the freedom, corrupted and violated, forgotten by the nation. The lightning, dividing the coat of arms into two is showing the conflict between two nations, both living on the same land. The Lion is now a heart-headed beast, and the griffin turned into a seagull...

Currently on free display at the RA