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. EGLĖ VELANIŠKYTĖ. Meeting. 1989–1991. Oil on canvas. Private collection
The modernist painting of Eglė Velaniškytė brings a kind of necessary news to the distracted modern person, and that there are unchanging and unchangeable things in the world. Today she is one of the most important Kaunas painters. In the 1990s just as she had started to paint, she continued the expressive tradition of Lithuanian painting in an important way with her humanist and Christian principles. A distinguishing characteristic of Eglė Velaniškytė’s painting is an intimate, partial, subjective relationship with reality. The scenes of reality in her painting are not trivial, but similar to quiet rituals in life. Her paintings are a world where the meanings of a person’s life reveal themselves. It seems that the people painted by this artist contemplate on and know the truths which we live for, and which we need to live for. Women holding babies, a man embracing a woman, girls forever waiting. All of them are joined by a promise of hope and goodness. She speaks about simple but essential things of life for man (she speaks about woman separately), and in this way tames and awakens the timid soul of modern man.
Artwork prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė.