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Judith and Holofernes


Signed Dated Titled

From the series Melusine

14000,00 €


150 x 110 x 2.5 cm
59.06 x 43 x 0.98 in






Paintings , Graphic Work

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The series of works with Melusine was created when artist was invited by Palazzo Ducale di Mantova museum for the exhibition "Coming Out" with Italian sculptor Gehard Demetz in 2019.
Artist uses a particular technique to create these works - mixing wood engraving and painting - Creation process by Laisvyde Salciute editioned by 2.
"My choice of the artworks media for the exhibition in Museo Palazzo Ducale is not accidental – the media I use, is time-consuming and required hard handwork and patience. This choice is already a part of a dialogue with the artists who commissioned their works for the owners of the palace in ancient times and with the sculptor Gerhard Demetz. The works I‘ve created by thinking about this particular exposition talk about emotions. They are (self) ironical. Body is needed for the feelings. That's why I used my own hands as a tool to create, because they are closely related to the brain, where the feelings lie. I engraved the wood by hands, because the tree also has a body that has feelings, the tree has a story – it grows, it blooms, a lot of things happening around it no matter where it grows and then, somebody just cuts it. I kind of extend its story further by engraving it and after, by painting on canvas new stories about the feelings of modern people". Laisvydė Šalčiūtė


"Coming Out". Palazzo Ducale, Mantova, Italy. 2019 "Melusine's Paradise". 
Personal exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2019

Vilnius, Lithuania

Laisvydė Šalčiūtė was born in Kaunas, graduated from Vilnius M.K. Čiurlionis Art School and holds PhD, MA and BA in Visual Arts from the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Laisvydė Šalčiūtė produces painting, drawings, prints, artistic objects, installation, photography and literary texts. The artist has held over 40 personal exhibits and took part in over a hundred group shows in Lithuania and abroad. The artist was awarded by the Lithuanian Government Culture and Art Award, given by the Lithuanian government for special merits and a significant contribution to culture and arts. She is the winner of the prize established by Lithuanian Artists' Association; she received the individual grants from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture for six times. Her works can be found in the collections of the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome, Lithuanian Art Museum in Vilnius, Lewben Art Foundation in Vilnius, MO Museum in Vilnius, National M.K. Čiurlionis Art Museum in Kaunas, as well as many private collections throughout Lithuania and abroad.

After showing the works in Verona Art fair in 2018 the artist was selected as the best proposal and invited by Palazzo Ducale di Mantova (IT) museum for the exhibition 'Coming Out' with Italian sculptor Gehard Demetz in 2019.

The founding idea of Laisvydė Šalčiūtė’s art is that our feelings are shaped culturally – we ‘learn’ them. Such emotions mould individual human beings and guide their social actions, influencing their intuition, sensations, experience. In her artwork, the artist recreates reality by revisiting the cultural and social context, inspired by her authentic emotional response to it. Her art is self-ironically emotional and inter-textual. The artist explores the phenomenon of post-emotionality of the Western world of nowadays. Artist often practices artistic appropriation in her works. She uses the secondary reality for her artworks – she creates new meanings by taking images from different contexts and redefining them in paradoxical principal.

In 2021, Šalčiūtė was just announced the 3rd place winner of the prestigious Luxembourg Art Prize.


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