Vaida Valanciunaite, Lithuania, Kaunas 1992, artist/painter
I consider myself a material painter. I have always been drawn toward patterned surfaces and particularly textiles in which patterns are inherent. I started use wax, pigments, lacquer and to extract potential out of these materials incorporate it together with fabrics like jute and linen, wood and many other materials which have surface patterns
I was curious how material such as wax would go along with traditional frame and no other interaction of paint. By melting and shaping wax into different kind of forms it let me to create some certain dimension where canvas becomes less flat as an object. Initially, it was simply visual pleasure that entranced me. Wax for me means plasticity-whether it is liquid, pasty, solid or even brittle- remains wax. It is a material of forms. With this plasticity came the realization that canvas are not enough. Can materialistic part of work change a content of an art work? I have such a great material in my hands, so why should I be obstructed by the classical frame. There on I started to use unframed sheets of fabric, as well as pieces of wood or the objects found in a space. The collaboration of materials and space started to appear.
The idea, which came to prominence, that the physical location and surroundings of an artwork are inseparable from its identity. This concept arose together with complexities of materials and patterns as a result increasing interest in the physical contexts of art making. Specially how different contexts could change and complicate the experience of an art work.
- Galerie Pouloeuff 'Transformeren' 5 May t/m 24 June 2018
- Bierumerschool Group expo 31 March t/m 27 May 2018
- 2017 Graduation show 'Perspectives'
- 2017 Fragment, Backbone, Groningen
- 2016 Marchexpo, Academie Minerva Groningen
- 2016 Maydays, La Flamingo Incroyable, The Gym, Groningen
- 2015 Solo exhibition Simplon Poppodium Groningen
- 2015 Berlin,Flutgraben, group exhibition
- 2014 White noise exhibition, Minerva, Groningen, group show