Feliksas Jakubauskas. Šviesos namai. 2003,
vilna, šilkas, dirbtinis pluoštas, mišri technika, 127x192
Giedrė Valtaitė. Saugūs. 2003, popierius,
plastikas, skaitmeninė spauda, autorinė aitvaro konstrukcija, 250x120
the first ones to create art from perishable materials. In Postmodernist
area cloth functions as material and medium and is instrumental in obliterating
the boundaries between different forms and styles.
Cloth appears to be among those very few materials that can be treated
and applied in multiple ways. In Lithuania, cloth was discovered in
the last decade of the 20th century to be used in collages, assemblages,
soft installations and life sculpture pieces. The function of canvas
started expanding in the 1970s, when Lithuanian abstract painters focused
on texture, emphasizing the materiality of canvas. The 1990s saw Lithuanian
artists use cloth in installations in public spaces. Some artists combine
photography and cloth, traditional stitching and modern image transfer
techniques. As cloth expedites the creative process, artists use cloth
in installations and performances to the extent it has become a trend.
In some ritualistic actions cloth is functions as a metaphor of human
existence and human identity.