Zurich/ Switzerland

                                                      Zurich/ Switzerland

Inga Guzyte A.K.A: Inga The Machine, born in Lithuania, raised in Germany where she also found her passion for skateboarding and art. At twenty-one she made her way to the United States to be closer to the skateboarding culture and it's origin. Living in California, Inga learned her third language and broadened her horizons in art while attending SBCC and majoring in Art Studio Emphasis.

With a lot of passion for skateboarding and artistry, Inga started making sculptures from broken decks by cutting them apart and putting them back together in “out of the box” shapes that do not represent a skate board anymore, but instead, a new form of life. As her crafting skills continued to improve while working in a wood shop and heavy tool environment her ability to express herself improved as well. Her new pieces of work are a mix of realism and pop-art with a splash of abstract and design. In fact, her relief like sculptures are almost like paintings using the skateboard designs as her color pallet.

Inga’s biggest influence is the skateboarding culture as she made her way through several different cultures and learned to adapt. Some of her personal experiences are captured in her earlier work in a sarcastic kind of way. As a female artist, Inga Guzyte feels empowered working in the male dominated work environment and exercising the male dominated sport. She will continue to transform the old, the broken, and the forgotten into a new form of life. 

 

 

Artist Statement:

 

My work became the ultimate expression of my life journey as I keep jumping into new countries and new cultures, it captures the great moments but also the frustration in a world of organized chaos, in a world full of rules and in a world of over consumption. It shows sarcasm, a deep connection of art and my passion for skateboarding. My work represents the infinite cycle of life and death. I give birth to these crazy morphic characters out of used and forgotten skateboards, giving them a new life. Infused with intense personality traits they grow their own soul. Every new character or piece of work I create manifest it’s own individual life form creating a world where all unusual things seem possible. My recent work also made from reclaimed skateboards is a more literal translation and celebration of individual characters. Each sculpture piece I make into a more intricate mosaic containing both a new image and the history of its materials. With my work I intend to not only capture the world of street culture but also the present and growing female power.