Living in USA, inspired by the Latvian National Awakening, in 1987, Dagnija painted her first “Ancestor Lake”, remembering the myth about an ancient castle and its inhabitants sinking into the lake, to rise again when freedom arrives. The concentric “Ancestor Lakes” are the artist’s meditations and “memories” of her ancestors.

 

“The circle is an ancient universal structure of the Baltic people, as well as Native American or any other civilisation. The circle is the SKY as opposed to the earth, the spiritual as opposed to the material. Dagnija’s ”Ancestor Lake” cycle includes both cosmic rotation and ritual magic.”

(E. Ansone, art historian)

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