Aušra Vaitkūnienė

1962 · Lithuania

Artist biography

Aušra Vaitkūnienė (b. 1962, LIT) is an artist, pedagogue and curator and Head of Painting at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Kaunas Faculty. She has been awarded a number of grants and awards in Lithuania, as well as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation stipend for implementation of creative plans and creation (New York, USA) in 2013. She actively participates in projects and exhibitions worldwide, including Chicago, Berlin, Hamburg and Budapest. Selected exhibitions include: “Resonance” a satellite exhibition of the Biennale de Lyon, FR in 2012, Biennale Europienne d’Art Contemporain in Nimes, FR in 2013, NordArt2013, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, DE in 2013 and “Behind the White Curtain” (by D. Mikšys) for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 54th Biennale Di Venezia, Venice, IT in 2011.

Aušra Vaitkūnienė's paintings are full of secrets — most of them are derived from the nature or everyday items. She researches intangible qualities of nature — light and dark, atmosphere and barely visible signs sent by nature. In her works nature and magic are in dialogue and the spirits reveal secrets that only the artist can see, that would be otherwise ungraspable. The language of painting allows Aušra to become a kind of medium — painted reality reveals the secret knowledge of the world but also exposes the artist’s soul. The artist admits that the core of her creation is the mystic, magic, the search of unexplainable, even shamanic practices, rather than the pursuit of an artistic style, tradition or fashion. The paintings exist not for their own sake, but rather as a trace of the magic ritual performed by her. Experiencing Aušra’s paintings attunes us to a parallel world of which one senses to be near, but can not reach.

“…for most of the last decade the world of Aušra Vaitkūnienė could be described as uncertain, subconscious visions and distressing desire to create sense of “pulling in” with the colour.“ (PhD. Rasa Andriušytė, Art Critic)

Aušra Vaitkūnienė

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