Latvian artist finds inspiration in instant noodles

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On Thursday, July 9, artist Lidija Zaneripa's exhibition "Rolis" will be opened at the RIXC Gallery. The artist will focus on the aesthetic, graphic and functional properties of instant noodles via digital images and three-dimensional sculptures, said RIXC representatives on July 6.  

The artist began working with instant noodles as her preferred medium last October without realizing how this fascination would develop. She said that upon creating her art, she had become engulfed in the various shapes and patterns that could develop, and differences that could be observed between different producers of noodles.

These include the renowned 'Rollton' brand which lends its name to so-called 'Rolltonini' -- schollkids who eat packs of dry noodles (with or without the sachets of spice and oil) as a popular alternative to potato chips.

The exhibition's organizers said: "Instant noodles are so popular for the modern lifestyle - quick, cheap, effortless. The impact on digestion, however, is not at all quick and effortless."  

The exhibition, using symbols that do not match the common perception of beauty, essentially deals with the issue of an aesthetic search for ideas, objects and materials that would not always seem attractive at first, which could even be called grotesque.

Lidija Zaneripa is a young artist who is currently studying at Latvian Academy of Arts, participating actively in exhibitions of young artist groups in Latvia, France, Portugal and elsewhere.

The opening of the exhibition “Rolis” will take place on July 9, 16:00 to 20:00, RIXC Gallery, Lenču Street 2. The catering arrangments have not been disclosed.

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