Brigita Lastauskaite - Biography
Brigita Lastauskaite completed a MFA majoring in Textile at the Vilinius Art Academy in Kaunus, Lithuania, then having migrated to Australia in the late 1990s went on to study a Bachelor of Media Arts at RMIT. Continually looking at new ways to further develop her visual language, explore new ways of mark making and subtly communicate through her compositions, the influence of working with textile and texture from her time at Vilinius is still evident in her painting practice today.
Weaving the flotsam and jetsam of her scribbles, splashes and spontaneous application of paint Lastauskaite’s multi-layered works are akin to folkloric tapestries. Through an intuitive process of making marks and placing shapes Lastauskaite achieves an alluring balance in her compositions even though the placement of the visual information is often asymmetrical and without pattern. Her selection of colours and materials she plays with – most often synthetic polymer paints, oil sticks, crayon and pencils – juxtapose or interlace leading to sumptuous works that immediately engage the eye.
Since her first exhibition in1996, Lastauskaite has had 5 Solo Exhibitions in Melbourne, two in Europe, in Finalnd and Lithuania, and has participated in over 20 group exhibitions, her upcoming Viewing Room presentation Below the Surface (2020) will be her first solo exhibition with Jacob Hoerner Galleries.