Rieškutės and Starting the Fire / 2013 / modified chair, oil paint / presented: Rongwrong, Amsterdam (NL), 2013; Frutta, Rome (IT), 2013; Valerie Traan Galerie, Antwerp (BE), 2016; Human Resources, Los Angeles (USA), 2016

“Rieškutės” is the word in Lithuanian for when you put your hands together to make a bowl. This is represented by the negative space in the chair sculpture on the left. When recently exhibited, the work was accidentally placed upside down. This was a very exciting mistake, so I decided that if the work is upside down, the title of the work changes to “Starting the Fire” as the hands are now in a position of covering, as you would do when lighting a cigarette in the wind or whispering a secret message.

As Oscar Tuazon asks, “why can’t a thing be two things?” This work has now become what he calls a “transsexual thing”. It contains two works in one object, which are simply determined by the position.