Born in: Panevėžys, Lithuania
Lives in: Vilnius, Lithuania
Education: Graphic design (BA) from Vilnius Academy of Arts, LT
Information design (MA) from Design Academy Eindhoven, NL
Describe your art in three words: Contrasting and ironic.
See More Work:  www.daukante.com

Grief Lunch - Markers on paper 100 x 70 cm

"I'm Daukante, an illustratress from Lithuania with a passion for quirky objects. Art schools that I have attended encourage conceptual thinking and experimentation, however studies led me to seek inspiration in the opposite direction. It's the casual everyday situations that I find most intriguing."

What themes does your work involve?
I like every topic of a new drawing to be very different from older ones. I usually choose something very specific and not globally talked about that no matter how poorly it turns out at least the idea is interesting. Previous series involved couple dancing combined with street robberies.
Describe your creative process.
I guess I am always on the lookout on what to put on a page. It is easier to start working if I feel like I have a great idea. My parents are linguists/writers and I too always liked play with words. Maybe because of it the name of a drawing usually comes to me first. Sometimes an idea can come from a misheard word or a pun. The drawing itself usually doesn't turn out the way I planned, but sometimes it's different in a good way. And doesn't seem to me like it was done by me (does to everybody else).
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Lyrics, books, misheard dialogs, dialogs on the street, stories with a surprise ending, old movies, old magazines. Art making is nice way to clear your head. Sometimes I have an idea for years that I later start doubting, but realize it anyway for some peace of mind.
What are your goals and plans as an artist in 2023?
I am looking for a publisher for a picture book about ways of stopping hiccups that I have been drawing during the pandemic. Hopefully, I will find one.
How do recent advancements in technology affect your art practice? How may recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (image generator software) affect the definition of fine art?
I started working with NFTs last year and I think it was a successful start only because my work is obviously done by hand and looks different from AI. Although, I have not tried using AI with the function of using ones work created by hand. The better technology is developed, the more pencils, markers and paper I buy.
What is the role of the artist today?
If an artist is lucky enough art not only is an outlet for his ideas, but inspires somebody else.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
It can be anything like a feeling nicely caught on canvas, a time period captured precisely, a relatable human action that you never noticed, but recognize immediately when shown with a piece of art, a unique point of view visualized that makes sense to you too...


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist

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