Grumpy and Sarcastic Youth

Krista Miltiņa's silly little men are a perfectly cynical portrayal of careless youth, tough situations, and the bizarreness of life in general.

White sketchbook paper, no colours, few black lines – however simple at first glance, Krista Miltiņa’s drawings are full of elaborate satirical ideas and constructive criticism of our society. We asked the young Latvian artist a couple questions about her artistic process, and she illustrated her idea of what “youth” is in return.

Krista Miltina – Youth 1, 2016


What is your artistic background?
It was in my family. I tried to escape at one point, but… Then art school. I tried to escape again and went to Denmark to study something not related to art, because I got more “grown up”; and when you are feeling like that, you want to do “grown up things”, but…
Long story short – somehow that line on a paper is showing me way and that is the only line where I can see myself clear.
P.S. And my biggest wish now is to never grow up, that is the saddest thing that could happen.

Krista Miltina – Youth 2, 2016

What is the Latvian art scene like at the moment?
We have a lot of really talented new artists, but sometimes I have a feeling that they are a little bit too stacked in one place. But you can see it in small countries all over the world where there is only one Academy of Art,—maybe it is just my opinion—there are just few artists that are truly original with a specific idea behind their work. That is also the reason why I admire naive art so much, I think that it is very pure and clean, without any rules. I am scared of rules in general.
Of course big thing in this art scene is $$$, but this is everywhere and that’s ok, it is just easy to lose yourself if you have just $$$ in your eyes as artist.


Your drawings are often very funny and sarcastic and deal with a lot of *Millennial* everyday troubles. Is it your intention to comment on the state of our society with them?
We all need reflection to see ourselves, of course it is easier to live without ever looking in a mirror, because then you don’t think about your flaws, but I really believe that only after you have seen yourself, you can see others. And it is also important to learn to laugh about yourself and what you see around, because we are just so funny. For me the funniest are the so-called “grown ups”.

You’re taking a little break from drawing now – do you think you’ll return to it again, or was it just some kind of therapeutical escape from the reality when you lived abroad?
I am trying to be less sarcastic (and a better person… haha), and my “little, chubby, bold men” are getting very boring when they are happy. Also my drawings are sometimes so personal and so illustrative that after posting something for bigger audience, I feel little a bit too “exposed”. So maybe “they” will change a little bit in the future to something more abstract… I somehow have this feeling. I want to give the same idea, just in other “package”.


And a few quick questions:
What is more important for you – the process or the outcome? Process.
Pencil or ink? Ink.
What music do you listen to when drawing? If I am super excited about an idea – then silence. :)
If you were to visualise the inside of your brain, what would it look like?
And lastly, is there anyone interesting you think we should write about on Kink?
Ian Stevenson!

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Interview + Edit: Anna Wim