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Behind the curtains 2020

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I still vividly remember how the porch in the old grandparents’ house looked like; an empty table standing in the corner; too tall (as my child’s eyes had seen at that time) and uncomfortable red-felted chairs. Back then, I was fascinated by the curtains of vertical braids, which I kept trying to disassemble by wrapping them around my fingers. Curtains – now palely yellowed from running time – covered windows that have never opened. Except for one in the corner, through which bees gathered from a neighbour’s hive; sometimes they wandered inside and their stubborn bodies landed on the windowsill for everlasting sleep.

Raw jute on old porch window
68 x 24 cm

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untitled 2019

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Pressing down to earth /
A soaked soldier /
dirty waters hang beneath his head. Still waiting /
for the oncoming rain and until he returns /
from home – to home

Decayed fabrics of Swedish military tent
Dimensions variable

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Simona Rukuižaitė

Lithuania

https://srukuizaite.wixsite.com/portfolio

Visual artist based in Vilnius, Lithuania (b. 1994).

The method on which she relies on in her artistic practice – creation of artwork as an object, which is constructed as a source of reflections on cultural and philosophical contexts. She works with experimental painting and mosaic techniques which often gains a form of an installation – focusing on search for an interdisciplinary expression while playing with aspect of materiality.

The spectrum of materials used in the creative process spans from organic matter (minerals, earths, self- made pigments) to artificial decayed objects from urban environment. The significance of the material in her work is inspired by artists working with raw materials – such as Antoni Tàpies, Alberto Burri and Anselm Kiefer. This is where Arte Povera movement resonates: not only does the work of art grows through the formal, plastic properties, but an important moment is the symbolism of the material and its’ poverty in a sense of material value.

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