Hi, it’s nice to get to know you better.Tell us, what do you think about photography and painting, when did you discover both and how do they complement each other?
I think that they are parallel. With one of them we capture images (we can say that it’s like the image memory) and with the other we create the image on cloth. Sometimes a photograph becomes a sketch. At first, of course, I discovered painting because I daub from a young age and my photography was influenced by a photography lecture in the third course of my studies. From then on photography and painting became two integral things in my life. Moreover, I fallow impulses. I paint, photograph or work in any other way only when the “time is right”.
You mentioned that you like controversial topics. Tell us more about it!
I’m interested in the human being, the body, psychology and pathology. Psychological aberrations, a wounded spiritual state, fantasies interest me as well as situations when a “normal” watches whether he is influenced by a “non – normal” and the relation between negative psychological nuances and society.
You also mentioned that one of your topics was rejected when you wanted to continue master’s studies in Lithuania?
Yes, I recently received a comment that I chose a topic that was too difficult. As I already mentioned, my topic was supposed to analyze the relation between the psychologically incapable and normal people. I think that such topics are rejected because Lithuania is quite dark as it is. It’s a small and unhappy country. Financial crimes are happening in it, people lack tolerance and they see only what is set from somewhere (maybe left from the soviet times), once established “normal norm”.
What inspires you?
Ideas come by themselves. It happens that, when you’re driving, reading, walking, you see a new place and you spend some time in that place and then you see and know how the upcoming work will look like and what you want to do. At the time I am nurturing couple of ideas this way. They don’t need to be stimulated. You just need to avoid the routine because then you can’t lift your hands to create any more.
How much does piracy and new media influenced your work?
It seems to me that, if artists in Lithuania would pirate from each other, they would find one another later to clear the air. However, even if a person is trying to copy or steal an idea, he is still going to look at it through his prism and the pieces won’t be the same. Well, and technologies take up quite a bit of space in my life. It’s a great environment (e.g. the internet) to search for new things, artists that are new to me, films, and psychotherapy articles. It’s great because all of these things inspire to create.
If you could choose the perfect scenario, where would you be after five years?
My biggest wish is to stay in Kaunas and create new pieces. And I also want to expand my knowledge. I would not need anything else.