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Virginija Babušytė-Venckūnienė

Virginija Babušytė-Venckūnienė.
Skirtingos trajektorijos.
Aliuminis, metalinis tinklas, 110x67, 2000

Virginija Babušytė-Venckūnienė.
Skirtingos trajektorijos.
Aliuminis, metalinis tinklas, 110x67, 2000


Virginija Babušytė-Venckūnienė.
Sidabrinės mano vienatvės.
Poliruotas aliuminis, granitas, nerūdijantis plienas, 163x27x13, 1999


Virginija Babušytė-Venckūnienė: Longing for Universality

by Kristina Budrytė


At the turn of the millennium, the sculptress Virginija Babušytė-Venckūnienė from Kaunas celebrated her anniversary. At that time an exhibition of her abstract relief aluminium works “A Look” was held at the Kaunas Gallery of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union.
Two trends/stages can be distinguished in the sculptress’ work. They mark a change in her creative pursuits. The first can be described as a turn from diversity (the experienced cultural influences, abundant examples of art history, works by masters) to simplicity (the visual language needs only few things – human anatomy, proportions, movement). The second, reverse direction is from simplicity to diversity. In the beginning the artist wished to capture the moment on the verge of an approaching change, to “catch” objects that did not correspond to the aesthetic forms. The sculptress managed to stabilise the space and gave the spectators a gift of a minute of repose and illusion. Later other things ramified from this world of romantic intentions: problems of chance, fragmentariness and abstraction. Sculptural spaces required combining contrastive things, discoveries of pauses and moments. However, she has retained the concept of traditional art, a remnant of melancholic longing, where the form does not conceal symbols, and the elegance of sculptures retains/expresses its primeval mass.

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