Just loving current Munich Fine Arts Academy student Neringa Vasiliauskaite's dreamy, delicate, minimal glass installations! So happy to chat with her here about the sculptural relationship to space, her current work space, and why she loves working with glass. More info at the links afterward!
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First, tell me a bit about yourself! Where are you from, and where are you based now?
I am an artist from Lithuania, where I have studied and got my Masters degree in stained glass, in Vilnius Art’s academy. In 2011 I applied to Munich Fine Arts Academy and study glass and ceramics. So I moved to Munich, where I’m already on my last years of studying, and preparing for my diploma work.
Can you tell me about your practice? When did you first start working with glass, or with the concepts of light and space?
I’ve been working with glass already for a 15 years. I used it in a different contexts, until I started to work with a light, using glass as a medium for painting. It’s a complicated material, which is hard to control.
My working method consists of observation, perception, reflection, and reaction. I am mostly interested in spaces and how I can influence them with my objects. I am looking for a solution to the question of how the boundaries between two-dimensional planes and immateriality can dissolve; how the object can be a space, or a space can be a part of the object. I create spaces, atmospheres, moments, and memories, which continually extends throughout my work.
At the time I started to integrate more materials in my works such as wood, different minerals like Silicon, or some stones.
What is your process like? Do you plan what the piece will look like before you start it? How long does a piece typically take to make?
Actually, the process of doing my work is currently changing.
Earlier, I used to make more sketches and to have an exact vision of the final work, but now I am working more in an intuitive, experimental, and spontaneous way, and I enjoy watching how the work "grows up" or changes when I put one or another shape in to it and feel free to use my experience to control the process. I am used to conceiving the works for a specific gallery or exhibition space and looking for a specific language that would characterize my works.
When I know what I am doing, then it does not take too long to do the work, normally, and the longest span of time is before I get an idea in my head and make some experiments.
What is your studio space or workspace like?
I have had the opportunity to use the studio of stained glass, light, and mosaic of Thierry Boissel at the Munich Art Academy, where I feel free to use all the techniques and machines I need in order to realize my objects.
My place sometimes looks like a small laboratory which includes many colourful reflecting and mirrored pieces of coated glass sheets, tubes, cylinders, rings and minerals.
What is your favorite thing about your medium?
The thing I most admire about glass is that it is so versatile. It’s a fluid, but it is also very cold at the same time. It's fragile and transparent, but also very hard. It provides a lot of possibilities to create an artificial spaces or manipulate with backgrounds and layers to make reality fictitious, thus dissolving the boundary between materiality and immateriality.
What is the best advice you've ever received? Have you received any advice you're glad you decided to ignore?
Sometimes I have moments when I don’t know what to do, so the best advice I’ve gotten was very simple: "Keep doing."
What do you consider to be the most challenging or daunting thing about pursuing art seriously?
To stay motivated and to believe in what you are doing, and to go through all the steps, from idea to materialization of work.
What is the most rewarding or exciting aspect?
I am excited when I experiment with materials and find something that I can use in my works. I like the process with all its ups and downs.
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions or projects you're currently working on?
Right now I am preparing some new works, which will be shown as part of my installation for the art fair Art.Karlsruhe in February, where I will have my solo show together with Smudajescheck gallery.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for the opportunity to show my works!
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