Estere Dzelme’s 2nd year collection ‘The Space In Between’ began during the first lockdown. Struggling to find the inspiration she began drawing from her imagination - exploring textures and sound whilst listening to music. Drawing on the staggering quality of futurism and metaphysical painting as well as ‘ The Eye and the Ear’ a film by Stefan and Franciszka Themerston translating sound into the image she began to see a contrast in organic and natural form - order and chaos.
By giving her drawings physicality, through making sculptures which she then distorted digitally, she began a cyclical approach to her process from tangible to the immaterial and vice versa. The act of dance in itself is key in Estere’s work as it’s the moment where everything that has influenced the process of her work comes together. Furthermore, having a Latvian nationality she searches deeper into the early beginnings of electronic music in Soviet Riga - the city she grew up in. Her imagery enhances the rhythmic and ethereal quality of the music and looks at how bodies intersect within Riga’s political climate of censorship at the time. Dance, being a moment of euphoria and spirituality, gives the body a new form, a new shape where it begins to exist outside of its restrictive matter.
Estere combines the influence of her family’s background to the experiences that have shaped her today. Looking at bodies in geometric spaces also reflect this theme of order and chaos where the grid runs throughout everyday life reminiscent of musical staves as well as having its origins in architecture. The digital space is also something that influences Estere’s process in manipulating imagery and allowing the work to carry an atmosphere of rush and calm.
The final parts of development were enhanced by the visit to Micheal Clarke’s exhibition ‘Cosmic Dancer. The energetic contiguity of punk and ballet in Clarke’s shows gave Estere’s collection another perspective of combining harsh digital elements with a hand-drawn and DIY quality application of paint and objects to her final samples. Overall the collection asks the viewer to interact with the pieces and not to sit back. It aims to stimulate one's imagination and inspire them to move away from their comfort zone.