The painting belongs to 'Wildlife' and 'Turn to Gold' collections and is a part of the 'Curriculum Vitae' project.
The art center Vauxhall, located in a historic building of the Riga station, presented personal project by Daria Bagrintseva 'Curriculum Vitae'. This is an exhibition about the person and a life's journey from birth through adulthood, to wisdom. The audience had a particular interest with the 'Golden Cage' of seven deadly sins, and the whole show had about 40 new paintings from the 'Childhood Friends', 'Seven' and 'Turn To Gold' series.
Everyone as child had their favorite toys, a special world in which there is everything and everything is possible. Children play is free. It is not about benefits or self-interest, not a career, money or politics. And in difficult moments of growing a person is supported by memories of warmth, love, joy and security.
At the entrance of the 'Curriculum Vitae' exhibition the audience is greeted with the painting from the 'Childhood Friends' series. They portray children's toys. Each with its own character, history and relationship with the other toys. By the artist’s intent toys reflect our early experiences. They seem to absorb the family warmth. We feel calm by looking at them – among good friends with so many games and joy in this life. Everything around is filled with love, openness, trust, filled with the special light of happiness, which happens only in childhood.
Then we grow up and our games change. Someone’s change only in size and complexity of the toys. Someone is pulled to the outside world with its own games, rules and goals.
Following the author, the audience "matures". It becomes part with the circle installation of 7 paintings made with gold leaf. This is the image-symbols, visualized passions. Seductive and alluring, like golden wrapped candy, they become a "golden cage" of desires, which we are striving to get into. The paintings form a kind of pagan altar with new gods and pseudo-icons.
Dizzying smells and enchanting sounds also support an atmosphere of seduction and the eternal feast. Catchy music from the time of Great Depression sounds gently and merrily. This is the joy of life, however with a hint of a breakdown and moral dissonance. This is the last tango, the final accord. But if you stand in the center of the circle, and put on the headphones, the ambient sounds fade and you hear a specially selected audio series which takes the viewer into a completely different dimension, makes you look at the happening from another perspective.
There is a salvation out of the "golden cage" – a return to the Light.
'It is very difficult time now, a lot of talks, manipulation of mass consciousness. I wanted to show that there is always a way out. Conscious choice, responsibility for your decisions and actions open a way to the Light. We must return to pure and sincere relationships, remember children's spontaneity and openness, allow ourselves to be happy, become higher than desires of consumer society' – says Daria Bagrintseva.
As a symbol of rebirth and hope, she created a large-scale painting, symbolizing a pure light stream flowing from the picture on the viewer.
A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera (from Greek ἄνισος anisos "uneven" and πτερόν pteron, "wing", because the hindwing is broader than the forewing). Adult dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches and an elongated body. Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies (Zygoptera), which are similar in structure, though usually lighter in build; however, the wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body, while damselflies hold the wings folded at rest, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural coloration, making them conspicuous in flight. An adult dragonfly’s compound eye has nearly 24,000 ommatidia.
Fossils of very large dragonfly ancestors in the Protodonata are found from 325 million years ago (Mya) in Upper Carboniferous rocks; these had wingspans up to about 750 mm (30 in). About 3000 species of Anisoptera are in the world today. Most are tropical, with fewer species in temperate regions.
Dragonflies are predators, both in their aquatic larval stage, when they are known as nymphs or naiads, and as adults. Several years of their lives are spent as nymphs living in fresh water; the adults may be on the wing for just a few days or weeks. They are fast, agile fliers, sometimes migrating across oceans, and are often found near water. They have a uniquely complex mode of reproduction involving indirect insemination, delayed fertilization, and sperm competition. During mating, the male grasps the female at the back of the head or on the prothorax, and the female curls her abdomen under her body to pick up sperm from the male's secondary genitalia at the front of his abdomen, forming the "heart" or "wheel" posture.
Loss of wetland habitat threatens dragonfly populations around the world. Dragonflies are represented in human culture on artifacts such as pottery, rock paintings, and Art Nouveau jewellery. They are used in traditional medicine in Japan and China, and caught for food in Indonesia. They are symbols of courage, strength, and happiness in Japan, but seen as sinister in European folklore. Their bright colours and agile flight are admired in the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the prose of H. E. Bates.
Acrylic, Gold Paint, Gold and Silver foil on canvas