Meno Parkas Gallery, Kaunas
Gallery “Meno parkas” presents the young gallery’s artist Eglė Ulčickaitė (b. 1989) - who is powerful with her interest, viewpoint, and ability to capture it on canvas. Eglė just this autumn defended her PhD thesis in Vilnius Academy of Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania), has participated in number of exhibitions and projects in Lithuania and abroad, was Laureate of XVI International Vilnius Painting Triennial (2016).
In my creative practise, I explore the means of perceiving time and temporality as well as work of memory. I aim at comprehending where the state of experiencing parallel times comes from. I focus on developing a concept of multiple temporalities, that is to say, perception of the present against the background of the past(s).
I pay attention to still-existent material links to the overpassed time, with which I have no physical links. I investigate manifestations of everyday life: things, interiors, spots, and locations – commonplaces that humans establish, reconstruct, and abandon. In particular, I focus on that part of environment that loses its utilitarian purpose. I seek capturing time in painting through difference in meaning of a thing and its function.
I consider paintings as peculiar containers of time(s) – as if I catch past time in painting at present. I reflect upon present experience of things that belong to the domain of the past, but not to my autobiographical memory. Painting herein is a medium with the help of which I transform what is unfamiliar into familiar. I imagine that this is the way to compensate for the lack of clear apprehension of what the lived present is. For it might be that what I do not remember is not mine. However, that does not necessarily mean that it is not part of me.
— Eglė Ulčickaitė