Brigita La – Biography
Melbourne artist Brigita Lastauskaite was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. 1990-1996 she studied Fine Arts at Vilnius Art Academy, Kaunas Art Institute and acquired her Masters Degree, majoring in textiles. During her studies she traveled extensively through Europe, visiting major Art Museums and Art galleries. In 1992 she studied with Prof. Tony Fink at Salzburg Summer Art Academy, Austria and received a student’s scholarship for the next year’s studies. Subsequently In 1993 she took a workshop with Prof. Anne and Patrick Poirier at the same Summer Art Academy, Salzburg.
In 1998 Brigita with her partner and their daughter moved to Australia. In 2001 they established Bird’s Gallery in Melbourne with the aim to exhibit & promote their own and other contemporary artists’ works.
Since 1995 she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Europe.In 2013 and 2015 she was a finalist for the prestigious HUTCHINS art prize in Hobart, Tasmania, where she exhibited her woven/mixed median paper work “Earth” and “Dog Walk”.
She is currently focused on her paintings and works on paper, as well as her curatorial work at Bird’s Gallery. Brigita also curated the major art exhibition at Australian-Lithuanian cultural festival in 2010. This group exhibition “The Other Side” which explored Australian Lithuanian identity was held at the Gallerysmith | Purgatory gallery in North Melbourne in December 2010.
Artist Statement | Works on Paper
I started this series of woven paper works while studying textiles at the Art Academy in Lithuania. The first woven paper work was for a textile project assessment. At that time I was fascinated by subtle white on white works with soft variations of various white textures & shades. Later on I started working with colour as well.
A few years ago I came across my old paintings & drawings stored in the attic. Some of those artworks were emotionally old & incomplete and I decided to rework or recycle them to give them new life. I started reclaiming them by cutting and weaving various pieces together and the result was astonishing and fresh. I love the aspect of spontaneity and accident in art, as it forces you to let go of the familiar, logical ways and surrender to the process, and in some pieces to embrace the uncertainty of the final result. The abstract visual aspect resonates more with me than the concrete aspect, therefore I often deconstruct the obvious visual images and conceal and encode them behind the abstract repetitive patterns. It gives the mind freedom to imagine, be intrigued and explore the unknown factor.
I invite the viewer to leave logic behind and enter the realm of imagination where you are guided by your feelings, associations and intuition.
1999-2001 Bachelor of Media Arts (Photography & Digital Imaging) , RMIT Melbourne | 1st year
1990-1996 Masters of Fine Arts-Majoring in Textiles, Vilnius Art Academy, Kaunas Art Institute, Lithuania
1995 July Installation Class “Place-Salt-River” with Prof. Anne & Patrik Poirier, France, International Summer Academy of Arts, Salzburg, Austria
1994 July Mixed Media Class “From Drawing to Sculpture” with Prof. Tone Fink, Austria, International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg
1986-1990 Kaunas 4 year Art College , Lithuania
2004 December First Prize in Photography, Australian-Lithuanian Art Exhibition, Horti Hall, Melbourne
1994 International Student Scholarship, International Summer Academy of Arts, Salzburg, Austria
2015 November ”Recent Paintings”, Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2012 November “Woven” New Works on Paper, Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2009 March “Organic” mixed media , Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2003 March “Micro-Macro World” mixed media screens & works on paper, Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2001 May “Translucent” mixed media drawings/ screens, “Ripustus” Director Pirjo Heino, Hameenlinna, Finland
1997 August “Dangaus Laiskai” (Letters from the Skies), works on paper, “Egles Galerija” Kaunas, Lithuania
2016 April Works on paper , Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2013, 2015 October Finalist at Hutchins Art Award | Biennial award for works on paper. Long Gallery, Hobart , Tasmania
2012 November “Summer Sun & Fun”, Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2008 August “Letters” with Giedra Purlyte and Roma Serapinaite, Gallery “Balta” Kaunas, Lithuania
2008 July “Neverheard” International Art Symposium Exhibition, Curator Pirjo Heino, Hovinkartano, Finland
2008 February “Four Legged Friend” International exhibition of small size works, Bird’s Gallery
2005, 2006, 2007, 2011 Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Bird’s Gallery Stand
2007 May “Connections” with Marian Bosch (Ceramic Objects), Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2006 February “Together” International exhibition of small size works, Bird’s Gallery
2004 November “White” International Exhibition of small size works, Bird’s Gallery
2003 February Linden Postcard Exhibition, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
2000 November “Static” Photography & Digital Imaging Student’s End of the Year Show, “First Site” RMIT Union Gallery, Melbourne
1999 December “The Point” International Mini Size Exhibition, “Ripustus” Finland
1999 September “Birds…” with Vaidas Zvirblis (works on paper) CAS Space Windows on Collins Street, Melbourne
1999 July 9” x 12’ National Touring Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Steps Gallery, Carlton, Melbourne
1997 August “Textile 97” International Biennale, M.Zilinskas Municipal Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania
1996 August “Flax 96” International Mini Size Textile Exhibition, “Arkos Galerija”, Vilnius, Lithuania