Laima Oržekauskienė


Dedication to Father, Vilnius City Hospital Laima Orzekauskiene Photo-based on woven cloth (2013)

Laima Oržekauskienė was born in Vilnius on the 13th February in 1959. She-studied textiles from 1980 to 1985 and decided in 1987 to become a lecturer, later becoming the head of the department and then a professor. She is highly recognised for her work in textiles, using many new materials such as hair and gold thread therefore, adding new dimensions to the work, building the character and illustrating the meaning behind the work. She embarks upon the idea of combining the contemporary with traditional methods. Oržekauskienė’s ability in which she is creating the work has meant she has subsequently developed many new techniques in weaving and thus devised the technique of using digital prints that she wraps and morphs, making her able to put delicate details into the photographic object. She uses the semiotic meaning behind textiles to aid her work as she researched origins, symbolism, traditional forms in her studies and this intrigued her in to finding new methods of working. She likes to document the mundane temporality, domestic, in the metaphysical reality that we find ourselves in. In her work, Oržekauskienė is inspired to fuel the imagination by conveying ideas, many about human emotions, such as anguish, memory, longing and sorrow.

Oržekauskienė has thoroughly inspired me to embrace natural textures of transferred prints. Embedding textures inspires me. I feel I shall do this by layering pieces together within my work so that as a whole it conveys power that is much more meaningful than the beauty of subtlety of interweaving delicate texture. I would like to take the approach much like Oržekauskienė adventuring into old and new methods that will use conventional textiles, helping to build upon my knowledge into the unexplored medium that will internally help me understand the process behind textured prints. The approach I shall take will combine two sets of multimedia accompanying my photographs. I appreciate the concept of printing photographs of sheets onto sheets. Oržekauskienė’s work has been eloquently designed and manages to a add dimension and ultimately manipulating the way the work is perceived by the viewer. I want to convey my own personal references by using semiotics to aid a higher understanding of what the mundane day-to-day life is like when having lymphoma by using such an object as a bath and a bed, which have significant meaning in my memory and of what lymphoma meant to me while suffering from the symptoms. I think that the use of textiles is fantastic especially when used in this contemporary way. Textiles are a very traditional form of the creative field, yet are still widely used today. I would like to give the impression of engraving my photographs into fabric; helping to branch out into alterative media shall ultimately draw far more attention to the subject matter. To use the idea of hybridity is to gain and capture all the viewer’s senses at once. This is key to the inveiglement; I want the viewer to be captivated by this.

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