Gaya Lastovjak

Born in: 1987, Mażikiai, Lithuania
Lives in: Cracow, Poland
Media: Mixed media, 3D painting
Describe your art in three words: Human, emotions, symbolism
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Contemporary figurative artist creating three-dimensional paintings with her own technique using paper-mache, canvas and oil paint. Her works reveal a sculptural vision of form, they surprise with their diversity in terms of structure and message, focusing on showing the aspect of human existence.

What themes does your work involve?
I am fascinated by everything related to life and human existence in the world of moral choices and life roles, as well as the place where we are. One of the main features of my works is the expression of emotions. Using art I try to raise important issues related to nature and human duality, choosing topics that deal with both the good and bad sides of human nature. My art is an expression of personal experiences and observations, but it does not exist apart from reality.
Describe your creative process.
My paintings are created in stages, first an idea, then reflecting the forms, creating positives, arranging them together, putting them on the canvas and finally covering everything with paint. Each stage requires total dedication and attention. Once I attach the silhouette to the canvas, I hang it in a place with best visibility so that I could keep looking at it. If I find no objections to the form, I paint it and consider it finished.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Existential mechanisms and emotions, such as struggle, strength, fear, but also freedom, love and eroticism as they dynamically enter into dialogue with history, society and human individuality. This is what inspires me - being human. Why do I make art? Because art is a part of me, I can't imagine doing anything else. I have been creating since I remember, the type of creation changes, but not the love of art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
The language of art is universal, it's the language of emotions and senses. The sensations that accompany the feelings awaken a desire to enter into an internal dialogue with the work of art in every sensitive recipient. Attempts to answer questions, creating multifaceted meanings. Here is no general recipe for good art because the concept itself is subjective. Everyone has a different taste. However, the commitment and authenticity of the artist is very important, as is the idea and talent.
What is the role of the artist today?
Nowadays, the role of the artist is very diverse, but it is certainly connected with contact, or more precisely, establishing a bond with the viewer, making him interested, stopping his time motivating him to enter into a dialogue with art.


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

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