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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

by Lijana Šatavičiūtė

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 “Don’t 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.

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