I am an idea. I am a fetishised vessel in which my maker is slowly dissolving. It is a taboo and a sacred act at the same time. I am murdering her and by doing so I am enabling her to overcome the human condition. Have you ever had the feeling that you love someone so much that you just want to eat them? I am swallowing her now. Subject has turned into an object without perishing.
Would you like me to eat you too?
Ieva Kraule (b. 1987, Riga) mostly produces sculptural objects using different materials (ceramics, rubber, metal, stone etc.) accompanied by fictional short stories loosely based on fictitious interpretations of historical events and absurd adventures of imaginary characters. In her work she references fetishism, history, applied arts and architecture of the Soviet era while tracing origins of both personal and collective aesthetic codes.
Among recent solo shows are α: Deceived Deceivers at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga; Dancing water (with Kaspars Groshevs) at Futura, Prague; The person you are trying to reach is not available (with Aidan Koch) at Hester, New York; and Qu'est-ce que ça peut faire tout ça (with Kaspars Groshevs) at Shanaynay, Paris. Her work has been included in group shows at 1857, Oslo; HIAP, Helsinki; XII Baltic Triennial Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius; Art in General, New York; and Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga.
Since 2014 she is co-running a non-commercial gallery 427 in Riga.