Wood, polyurethane rubber
60 × 117 × 85 cm

Work from a group exhibition ”The Bambi Project“.

His whole youth suddenly flashed before his eyes. The meadow, the trails where he walked with his mother, the happy games with Gobo and Faline, the nice grasshoppers and butterflies, the fight with Karus and Ronno when he had won Faline for his own. He felt happy again, and yet, he trembled. (Salten, p. 214–215)

Līga Spunde has chosen to focus on ambiguous human attitudes towards living beings and their complicated relationships with nature, a motif present also in Salten’s book. Both exhibition works represent an image of a deer in a similar pose but the situations each of them are placed in are radically different. The harmonious and carefree landscape represented in Bulletproof Glass Protecting Serenity takes its inspiration from the idealized world usually seen in Disney animations. Although the animal world built up by Disney is fictional, it represents the ideals of Western society, the desire for a place of peace and happiness. Spunde has built bulletproof glass around this idealized vision to protect the dream of the Bambi world.

Although Gobo is represented in a similar way, instead of his forest friends we see a human figure next to the deer’s body. The image is borrowed from trophy photography, where a smiling man poses with the hunted prey, creating a misleading impression of friendship between these two species. At first it is hard to see death in these kinds of photographs but recognizing its presence causes us to experience haunting chills. Gobo, although not present in the Disney animation, has a prominent place in the book representing both pet and prey. It actualizes the issue of discrimination between humans and animals, underlining the different attitudes that man has towards pets, cattle and wild animals.


About the artist

Līga Spunde (b. 1990) is a visual artist based in Riga, Latvia. She presents her works as multimedia installations, intertwining personal stories with deliberate fiction. The interpretations and use of recognisable characters serve as an extension of her personal experiences, tapping into universal truths. The work’s content determines the conception’s physical form leading the artist to use various media and materials in her installations.

She completed her postgraduate studies in the Department of Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia in 2016, her graduation project, The Hike, was named one of the three best projects by graduates of European art academies.

Spunde has participated in various exhibitions and art projects in Latvia and internationally. The most recent have been The Real Show (2022, CAC Brétigny, Paris), My Bitter Sweet Frankenstein Body (2022, Titanik, Turku), Screen Age III: Still Life (2022, Riga Photography Biennial, RMT, Riga), Cybervikings of Mars (2021, 427 Gallery, Riga), The Bambi Project (2021, Kogo Gallery, Tartu), Being Safe Is Scary, Survival Kit 11 (2020, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga), When Hell Is Full, the Dead Will Walk the Earth (2019, Kim? Contemporary art centre, Riga), Melos (2019, Creative Art Space, Arsenāls, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga).




More works by this artist

Wood, polyurethane rubber, 60 × 117 × 85 cm, 2021
Wood, bulletproof glass, 27 × 27 × 15 cm, 2021
Digital drawing 5+2 AP, 57 × 38 cm, 2020
Digital drawing, 10 + 2 AP, 27 × 27 cm, 2020

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