Photo: Vidmantas Ilčiukas.
Patricija Jurkšaitytė was born in 1968 in Vilnius. Since 1988 – 1993 she studied Painting at Vilnius Academy of Arts. The artist participates in exhibitions not only in Lithuania, but more frequently in the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. Her paintings speak of today’s realities and also manage to reveal images from the past. Solveiga Gutautė interviews the artist.
S.G. What stories do you tell? What do you want to “say”?
P.J. Key themes to me are time, temporality, symbolic meaning, self-identity and personal relationship with being, mode of life or the search for religious phenomenon.
S.G. What about the interiors in your paintings? Are they real or imaginary?
P.J. I deconstruct old master paintings or use modern advertising material and in combining them both I create my own illusions.
S.G. Why did you choose medieval interiors? And what happened to figures, which were portrayed in them?
P.J. The interiors I choose are not only medieval, some are from the Renaissance period or modern times, such as those of hotels or furniture shops. (Paintings quote Rogier van der Weyden’s “Annunciation”, Robert Campin’s altarpiece “Saint Barbara by the fireplace”, Dieric Bouts’ altarpiece fragment “Annunciation” and “Last Supper”.) And in my paintings the figures are not shown, they are suggested, but there is always one and that’s the viewer looking at the painting.
S.G. Do figures in paintings not appeal to you?
P.J. I do not have anything against figures in paintings, but it’s just not my profile. My works are about (NON)relations and alienation.
S.G. And what about sculpture? How did it come about?
P.J. Leather towers compliment the series of paintings entitled “Ducth Stories”. They are symbols “in accordance with an agreement”, which means different compositions will reflect different ideas, such as a hedge, alley or Cathedral towers.
S.G. What are you working on at the moment? What can we expect to see?
P.J. Currently I am developing a new series of paintings, formally different to the last one – these are portraits of young women, which essentially pose the same eternal questions.
Thank you for your time!