One day I was sitting in the garden and watching all kinds of little critters crawling and flying around me. I thought: “I must make a tiny doll that would look as a part of my garden's ecological system”. So I went to my studio, and after several days of sculpting and painting, a tiny garden fairy with a huge character was born. The doll is sculpted from the polymer clay. The wings are made from silk, they were hand painted with acrylic following an image of a real butterfly. The little critter is placed in a shadow box which was made especially for it and framed in a wooden frame. The frame was hand painted and decorated with copper foil. I have been showing this work in exhibition, and had so much fun observing people's reactions, when they think that this is a simple butterfly, and then they come closer to take a second look and they see what it really is.
I like to explore mythology, and to look at the world through our ancestor’s eyes – their world was so colorful, full of gods and goddesses and magical spirits – a prayer to one, an offering to another – and your life will be surrounded by good luck and blessings, and if something still goes wrong – there is always a god to blame. This time Budintoya (Budintoja) has caught my attention. Her main and only task was to wake everyone up from sleep. It seems a small task at the beginning, but can you imagine, what would happen to the world if everyone would fall asleep and no one would wake them up?... No bird would sing, no dog would bark, people would not get up to do their daily tasks... And now that I think — all those times that I have overslept and got up late – I must had offended the goddess of awakening somehow, and she didn't wake me up on time.