KRISTINA AUSTI

July 14, 2023 / August 9, 2023

Macula Lutea

On 2023 July 14 (Friday) at 6 p.m."MACULA LUTEA" exhibition of textile works by Kristina Austi (Norway/Lithuania) opens in KADS Baroti gallery (Didžioji vandens g. 2, Klaipėda).

"Macula Lutea" means yellow spot in Lithuanian. It is the most sensitive part of the eye that allows us to distinguish colors and see the environment clearly. At the same time, it is like a spell: like the name of an exotic plant or animal taken from a Latin textbook. Looking at each object or phenomenon, we "color" it with our own language or words to describe what we see. This is how we create and can pass it on to others. But do we listen to what we see? And then do we stop seeing for real? Ultimately, vision is just a play of light and color, waves traveling through the complex cells of our eyes and everyone. In works woven with the jacquard technique, I try to break away from language and look at things and the environment as if I didn't know the words. In that environment, things lose their forms. Paradox, but here too, complex laws of physics are followed, the weaving of threads is precisely calculated, trying to create a multifaceted variety of colors in fabrics, from only a few given threads, I try to create "randomness", to see light as a color, dancing in the retina and reflected in closed eyelids, when sometimes recognizable objects still emerge. /K. Austi/

The exhibition will be presented by art critic, doctor of humanitarian sciences, associate professor Dalia Karatajienė.