“Most contemporaries will unambiguously answer the question “Who is Edgars Vērpe?” by stating that he is the director of the State Culture Capital Foundation, while others might mention that he was once the principal of the Janis Rozentāls Secondary School of Art, credited with securing a new building for the institution. Serious fishermen may recall he was the creator of the TV show “Cope” [Dangling a Line] and a producer at the VFS Films. However, although many years of work have left him bereft of his creative vocation, Edgars Vērpe considers himself to be first and foremost an artist,” writes Dace Lamberga.
In the album about Edgars Vērpe Dace Lamberga has systematically laid out all of Edgars Vērpe’s life and art together with groundings for changes, contemporary background and artistic context. The album is enriched with three Laima Slava’s conversations with Edgars Vērpe (2000, 2002 and 2017).
“However calm and unhurried he might appear on the first impression, Edgars Vērpe is also cagey and unpredictable. It seems to me that Edgars is not only an artist, teacher, culture manager and TV star; he is also a skilful stage director who regularly, quietly composes existential miseenscenes to surprise his contemporaries. And this can be disturbingly unexpected both in terms of changing point of leverage and artistic exploration. This impression is reinforced by the interviews he has given over the years and which I reread during the preparation of this book. At a new stage in life, the answers frame fresh horizons as well as offering memory fragments – even from childhood – which logically justify the new decisions. Moreover, after all this time, he has come to realize that nothing significant has changed regarding his interests in art and in the means of expression,” writes Laima Slava.