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).
THE ARTWORK. Audronė Petrašiūnaitė’s (1954) paintings are very personal, very poetic and colorful. They are colorful not only in the sense of the richness of color. She reveals herself as an unrivaled and distinguished continuer of colorist Lithuanian painting. Her paintings are colorful and full of thought and emotional meaning. In the 1980s she became fascinated with the harmony of gold and wine-colored tones as well as the fantasy of bright dreams. With twenty years having past, Audronė Petrašiūnaitė‘s painting has remained just as rich, but they are not womanly dreams anymore, but a nugget of human loss and spiritual pain. The happiness and pain, hope and suffering that sometimes silently hang in the corners of a house in the space of Audronė Petrašiūnaitė’s paintings seem to reflect themselves like a mirror. This space of a rural house serves as that big world for the painter that others still try to conquer. After a period of storms and stress, the eyes of many search for the pure and authentic stroke of Audronė Petrašiūnaitė and the meditational mood of her paintings.
Artwork prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė. Woven at UAB AUDĖJAS.