Text by Daina Zalane
“Ama-gi” – Sumerian word for “Freedom”- the oldest known written concept of “freedom” – the literal translation is “coming back to the mother”, “coming back to where you belong”.
The sculpture has two main themes – freedom and transformation or transmutation.
In order to reach freedom one has to go through a process of change, which is not always pleasant or easy. It often involves fear, pain and loss.
The bird shape represents a falcon – a very intelligent predator, an active hunting bird that has been working together with humans for centuries. When the falcon is descending it has two aerodynamic shapes – M shape – that represents control, and the drop shape – which creates the unstoppable speed. Once it descends, the aim is clear and unstoppable – for the prey there is no escape.
The bird – the phoenix – goes through an alchemic process and returns in the next stage in another quality. To continue to live, the phoenix bird has to die and to be reborn. To become something new and stronger, it needs to go through fire. The wooden bird burns and becomes ashes and rises from these ashes stronger and transformed – being the same but different. Once the transformation through fire is fulfilled, a metal structure emerges. The wood burns and disappears in ashes, but the metal is the soul, the essence that can be shaped, bended, but is persisting. Metal is much stronger than wood, it is not afraid of fire, through fire it becomes even stronger. Metal is not disappearing – it can transform, change shape, but it prevails. From that a new phoenix emerges.
Event / Valmiermuižas etnomūzikas festivāls
Where / Valmiermuiža, Latvia
Date / June 2022
Valmiermuižas kultūras biedrība
Height / 6.5 m
Width / 3.5 m
Depth / 1.5 m