1958 · Lithuania
Elena Balsiukaitė-Brazdžiūnienė (b. 1958, LIT) is one of the most prominent representatives of Lithuanian expressive painting, awarded numerous grants and awards from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. She has held over thirty personal exhibitions so far and actively participates in group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad. Her artworks are in various collections like the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum (Kaunas, Lithuania), the Mo Museum (Vilnius) as well as private collections in Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Germany.
Elena Balsiukaitė-Brazdžiūnienė has her own approach of world-making. Her ideas come to life when painting on canvas, paper or old photography. Her materials are far beyond those of traditional oil or acrylic painting, incorporating sand, flower petals, collages from personal belongings or other materials one would not expect. Elena is unafraid of experimenting with materials and techniques to create her worlds. Her work is often pastose and colouristic. The subject matter varies from everyday stories to portraits – with an approach not unlike a modern day ethnologist or anthropologist. Elena’s works show the artist’s engagement in daily life, its stories and events. The works is focusing upon people that are ordinarily unnoticed, often forgotten and seemingly unimportant to the typical social habit. Elena does not forget these people, she goes deep enough to see it all. The spectator experiences her warm, serene and sincere gaze.
“She is constantly seeking a common thread between disparate things. It is the conscious position of the artist to stay open to everything that is happening around her. Rephrasing old anew, visualising meanings of difficult codes, Elena is emphasising her social commitment in art forms. She is interested in the city and problems of society” (PhD. Kristina Budrytė-Genevičė)
“…I am inspired by edgy, borderline situations in life. A very strong aspect of my creation is the possibility to control and affect these situations. At the same time, I change myself; I identify myself as my personages” (Elena Balsiukaitė-Brazdžiūnienė)
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