Laima Oržekauskienė. Flower Power.
Popierius, plaukai, klijai, 17 x 20. 1999
Laima Oržekauskienė. Noriu pamiršti.
Popierius, vinys, plaukai, 20 x 0,7. 1995
Laima Oržekauskienė: To Find Oneself
For more than a
decade Laima Oržekauskienė has been participating in prestigious textile
exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad (Lodz, Szombathely, Budapest, Kyoto,
Beijing, Edinburgh etc.). For ten years she has been teaching at the
Chair of Applied Textile of the Kaunas Art Institute, and since 1996
is its dean.
The artist asserts that her artistic views were formed in the Vilnius
Children Art School. In 1985 she graduated from the Kaunas Art Institute
majoring in textile. After graduation she embarked on a search for her
own creative style. At first she made extensive use of the patterns
found in Lithuanian folk textiles, particularly woven sashes. However,
the artist did not limit herself to this trend and created works of
other stylistics, most often modern spatial structures and objects.
The most remarkable among them are: I Want to Forget (1995) and Close
Your Eyes (1997) reminiscent of face casts, Clothes representing
a multi-figure procession (1997), miniature feet from paper mass celebrating
the hippie movement Flower Power (1999), lace trousers embroidered
with human hair in a flower pattern Dont Splash Me (2000). All those
works contain elements of grotesque, nostalgia, echoes of surrealism
and classics. The artist herself does not see a change of style in this
diversity. In her opinion, each of these works is a continuation of
the same creative ideas.