Inspiration for my printmaking and art photography is found in every day objects and observations. My most recent work focuses primarily on mobile phone art photography and the translation of those compositions to paper integrating the use of monotype/monoprint and photopolymer etching plates that are run through an etching press. Examples of this work can be seen in my newest Street series. For the past two years I have photographed thousands of objects found in, on and near city streets around the world. The subject matter typically involves something city and public works related, but can also involve a skid mark across a stop sign line or a leaf on a sidewalk. In my art photography, my Street Faces series features faces composed entirely of these same found objects, with occasional additions of my printmaking art.
In my collagraph work, I am drawn to work that is textural and sculptural. My collagraph prints provide a visual experience by providing interesting embossed surfaces as a result of working with dampened paper, ink-saturated collagraph plates and the use of an etching press.
A printmaker, art photographer and textile artist, Inga was born in Los Angeles to parents who fled Latvia, a beautiful country on the Baltic Sea. Her parents were both artists and encouraged her to explore and pursue her artistic interests. Her love for photography began in her early teens shooting photography for school yearbooks, local newspapers and studying art photography while in college. Inga went on to work in the world of magazine publishing and completed an additional degree in Fine Art/Printmaking.
Today Inga works predominantly in printmaking and art photography and has exhibited her work in the US and Europe. She and her husband have two grown sons and reside in Santa Barbara, California.
Photo: Gloria Plascencia