Elena Grudzinskaitė

© Elena Grudzinskaitė, 2016

*1987 in Vilnius, Lithuania
2006-2012 Master of graphic arts, Vilnius Academy of Arts

2016 Site-Specific, KCCC, Klaipėda, Lithuania
2016 Fake. Landscape, gallery Kairė – Dešinė, Vilnius
2015 Permafrost, gallery Kairė – Dešinė, Vilnius
2014 Permafrost.Excavation, solo project at Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius
2013 Nothing Personal, VGAC, Vilnius
2011 Thursday review, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius

2016 Program 621W10001, Panemunė’s castle, Panemunė, Lithuania
2016 Hello, you have a day off, gallery Sztuki Wspolczesnej MD_S, Wroclaw, Poland
2015 Lithuanian young graphic art, Lodz, Poland
2015 The Namables, gallery Malonioji 6, Vilnius
2015 International Split Graphic biennial, Split, Croatia
2015 The Baltic States Biennial of Graphic Arts Kaliningrad, Russia
2014 Voci del Silenzio, Palazzo Claudi, Mancerata, Italy
2013 Archives of views, KKKC, Klaipėda, Lithuania
2013 8th International Small Print Triennal, gallery Kairė- dešinė, Vilnius
2013 Season’3, VGMC, Vilnius
2012 Art cells 2012, VDA DIC Titanikas, Vilnius
2012 Kaus Librario, Carnage, Torino, Vigevano, Vercelli, Italy
2012 6th International Vilnius artist‘s book triennial ‘Love’, Leipzig book fair, Leipzig
2012 Passport, gallery Kairė-Dešinė, Vilnius; gallery Meno parkas, Kaunas
2012 21 Thursday, gallery VARTAI, Vilnius
2012 Literatų street Project, Modern Art Centre, Vilnius
2011 Graphic contexts: declaration“, CAC, Vilnius
2011 Season, gallery Kairė-dešinė, Vilnius
2011 Print 2010, gallery Kairė-dešinė, Vilnius
2010 Art cells 2010, Vilnius academy of Arts, Vilnius
2009 Print 2008, gallery Kairė-dešinė, Vilnius

2012 Slick Art fair, gallery VARTAI, Brussels
2012 ArtVilnius Art Fair, gallery Titanikas, Vilnius
2012 Contemporary Istanbul, gallery VARTAI, Istanbul

2015 Individual State Scholarship for Art Creators, Lithuanian Council for Culture
2010 Vytautas Jurkūnas‘ Award, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius
2009 Students‘ Art Days Award, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius

In my own artistic practice I do analyse the relationship between an individual and the territory, the limits and fragility of space and time parameters, human impact on physical changes in the environment, and the notion of landscape as “levitating” between culture and nature, between reality and fiction. My work is marked by distinctive transformation of images. In their making, I use traditional graphic techniques as a tool for examining broader contexts, including surfaces and the meanings behind them. In the exposition space, I’m interested in combining the large-format graphic prints with natural and synthetic objects, artifacts, and real-life elements to create an illusory correlation between reality and artificiality.
In the latest project Site-specific presented for the Artward, I communicate the meaning conveyed by its title not as a concept of visual art movement or current, where the artwork is an integral part of the environment, public space and the landscape, but rather as an act of settling the thought inside a landscape-generated image.
The project installation is combined of works made between 2015 and 2016: In the series of prints, titled Fake. Moonscapes, I employ graphic art techniques to process astrophotographs of the Moon, which I then juxtapose with images of the mountains taken on my own journeys. In the series Fake. Landscape and Reconstructions I graphically depict earthly terrains that were used by film industry to create an impression of extraterrestrial landscapes. I display those images together with a series of photopolymers to transform the sites I have actually visited into unearthly scenery. I create the landscapes and the situations that document reality and, at the same time, mystify it by bringing in and lodging new meanings to make manipulations inside the viewer’s consciousness.