October 28, 2022 / November 23, 2022

How long it takes to create

"These objects of the exhibition are colored stones of childhood, rolling on the wheels of adulthood. This time, it's not about ephemeral effects, but about what I felt was more necessary than ever in the last year. You see, the material objects I create and their explanations are often ambivalent, so when I answer myself the question of why and how long it takes, I embody them together in creation. I feel that I have to use some rational means to extract things that I intuitively grasp. A sensitive exploration of the environment and consistent exploration of personal states leads me to the finish line of congruent creations. In this way, I feel that ambivalence becomes an enveloping conceptual form. The thing and the idea, it seems to me, are always connected. And although the connections are not direct, memory, intuition, and inexplicable seeing through always come between them. I don't know why, some parts of this story I remember and others remain silent. I don't know, but this time I don't want to know, because it's just fun. This time I no longer want to measure, categorize, weigh, describe, in the end — to invent something new. Unique, eye-opening and confusing; long, anxious, demanding — time until creation, until seeing. This time it is very necessary."

Ceramicist Monika Gedrimaitė's work is based on the search and ideas of philosophical-domestic, conceptual-decorative and technological interpretations. Ceramic objects created by the author, cycles combined with other materials and ready-made objects become artistic studies that examine the material nature of the work of art. The artist does not shy away from experimenting, her installation works are suggestive and in harmony with the environment. In the expositions created by her, non-traditional solutions in exhibiting and presenting exhibitions are very noticeable. Focusing on a meditative minimalist aesthetic, Monika significantly expands the boundaries of ceramic art. Manipulating techniques, she successfully maneuvers between disciplines, giving her work narrative depth. Reflecting on the creative process, combining it with performative media, the author forms a unique artistic style that responds to today's relevance in art. An important moment in the artist's work is looking at the detail of the thing-object, the materials, means and methods of its creation. In general, the technological aspect is very important in ceramics, but Gedrimaitė turns technological nuances into a part of the concept. Monika has been looking for non-traditional ways of glazing ceramics for several years, she conveys unexpected discoveries on the surfaces of laconic sculptures. She often gives ceramic sculptures a rather solid scale, spreading the subtleties of the media in multiple layers, the artist does not limit herself to traditional techniques and dives into innovative searches, discovering a unique combination of media.