REWIND HISTORY is a series of artworks that questions the understanding of textile as a genre of reproduction that has been formed in art history. The series was exhibited in Kaunas biennial exhibition Rewind History curated by Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė. The curator highlighted the aspect of reproduction (which is inseparable from both the history of tapestry in Western Europe from the 17th century to the 20th century and Jacquard weaving technology) as the foundation of creative interpretations at the exhibition. She asked textile artists that are currently active what Lithuanian artists and works have had an impact on their creative decisions, or are simply remarkable or had become visual icons. She selected a collection from the works mentioned by the artists, which then became a subjective (textile) Lithuanian art history of the 20th and 21st century.
The artworks were shown in Kaunas Biennial in 2011, at Estonian Museums of Applied Art and Design, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (Portugal).
AUŠRA ANDZIULYTĖ. Blade. 2004. Oil on tin. 23 x 120 cm. Property of author.
This late work by Aušra Andziulytė, entitled “Blade”, belongs to a series of memorable works that she debuted with on the Kaunas art scene at the end of the 1990s. Already at the time, small and fine things, such as a hair, wrinkle or crumb from a knife became enormous and threatening objects in her colorist work. A painted conversation through details, staring at a fragment, just like the long, squeezed formats in Aušra Andziulytė’s work all provide a strangely interesting result – an image of a thing made abstract is created, an image that has moved strongly away from the original image, almost an abstraction, where a difficult secret story and feeling of danger is hiding.
Artwork prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė. Woven at UAB AUDĖJAS.