Lithuania is full of abandoned spaces. Often these beautiful buildings, left to decay, hold a great potential for cultural and other purposes, yet to be discovered. I was happy to participate in an event held in one of these abandoned spaces in Kaunas, reviving and changing the face of the VIII Fort underground building. The event was organised by Kaunas Fortress Association and Šilainiai Project.
Here I presented my earlier works from Layers of Light interior textiles collection. Just this time it was placed in a completely different surrounding from that of the original purpose. It was an experiment of bringing fragile and delicate pieces into a dark monumental space of the VIII Fort.
The artworks explore transparency, layers and reflections of patterns and light. Fabrics of different thickness, transparent and opaque plastics are combined with screen printing, embroidery and laser cutting techniques to create complex structures.
The collection, inspired by folk ornaments, placed in the old fort building gained new meanings and links with history and culture.
My partner, Roberto Becerra, who is a multimedia and sound artist, also participated in this event, bringing life to the abandoned space using sounds and light. Read more about his work here, and listen to the sounds of his performance here.
To see more images from this event and the works by other artists, please visit I/O Facebook page, where we share our collaborative work with Roberto Becerra. To find out about future events, please follow my Facebook and Instagram accounts.