There are hundreds of thousands of hairs on your head, and each one is at a different stage of its life, ranging from two to five years. Hair grows and dies in stages, and diet, stress, hygiene, and daily styling all play a role in daily hair loss. Hair develops according to a specific growth cycle. Each phase has specific characteristics that determine the length of the hair. Hair grows about 1 centimeter per month during the anagen phase. It accounts for 90% of all hair on one’s head. Body hair has different types, including vellus hair and terminal hair, each with its own cell structure. This diverse structure gives hair unique properties that serve specific purposes, mainly heat (unnecessary for modern humans) and physical protection. – The theme of my art project is survival, memory, and sustainability. I use human hair as the longest- lasting matter after death, storing memory, information, and genetic code. I use hair to create art objects that speak to the fundamental themes of human existence, ecology, being, as well as domestic life. I take the objects I create both seriously and ironically, and there is no doubt that they encode a wide spectrum of perception and analysis of the work of art. The objects I create – a sweater, baby clothes, a bedspread, and toys – will be made from human hair, with an emphasis on the spiritual, genetic, and historical connection between generations. The objects I am creating appeal to usability, but they are not applied design products.
All the people that are around you, inspire you. Do you agree? During quarantine, I didn’t feel any human presence for a long time and it made me sad. I understood the importance of sharing your ideas with others. A short conversation can inspire you to change something in your life. Most of the time inspiration comes from strangers rather than your friends. I call it collaboration. Another part of my project is hair. In mythology, history and in Lithuanian mythology hair represents power, energy. I’ve asked people around me to share their hair strands with me. They gave me them. I am very grateful for it. I’m very inspired that they were so open to me. It was a very delicate and intimate act to share a part of their body with me. I had been wearing it for a half year till the moment the dread fell off. Without a special goodbye.
Two cans of teeth – one of them with teeth, another is with hair. In the future, you won’t need any of those. In sci-fi movies usually people are bold and don’t need to use teeth because all the food is liquid. It seems that we won’t need these anymore and will keep teeth and hair as a representation of a sentimental memory.
Bubbles with teeth Quarantine Calendar. It’s made in the same way as old counters were made, the shapes of the bubbles remind corona molecules and bombs. In quarantine every day we’ve heard different numbers of the people who died, numbers of infected.
One day I understood that making jewellery is not enough for me to express myself creatively. By chance, I took a book from a library by Julia Cameron The Artist’s Way. I followed her advice and started writing a diary. I had an artist’s block at that time. I wrote that I want to create, but I can’t. After, I took some clay and make a rabbit. To my surprise, in the end it came out differently than I’ve sketched it earlier. I drew it with tears, but I came out with his eyes closed. I’ve realised that I’m afraid to create. The third bunny was looking out of the corner. When I saw these rabbits I started laughing and realised that I don’t have to be scared anymore. After that I’ve created the fourth bunny that was laughing and had human teeth. After that, I’ve created more bunnies that portrayed different emotions and make an exhibition called The Laboratory of Fear.
Almost every native inhabitant of the Curonian Spit was uprooted and turned into a migrant during and after the Second World War. Their places were quickly taken by newcomers. The leaders of The Baltic Sea: A Liquid Memorial take this episode as a historical example of radical change and new co-existence. Even today on the Curonian Spit one can see an obvious manifestation of spatial, political, economic and cultural fragmentation – there is this short border next to Nida, which separates Lithuania or EU and Russia and divides the Curonian Spit into two halves. Continued to read: https://nidacolony.lt/en/projects/4cs-2017-2021/the-baltic-sea-a-liquid-memorial
[…] Through this process I’ve also explored my personal identity by mixing various visual components and images of my face on pieces of paper. The last collage that I made was an interpretation of the Last Supper for ladies.
When you are meeting a person you want to make the best impression possible, but the most important thing is to understand who you are. I suggest writing a poem which you like the best or your own poem on a t-shirt. It doesn’t matter how it sounds, the main thing is what you think and what you feel. In the past, I made a performance which is called Unwashed Laundry. The poets wrote their poems on t-shirts.
Perfomance. Andrius Pulkauninkas and Solveiga Gutautė
My Master’s project is called Consumer Generation I made a lot of porcelain bibs with famous expensive fashion brands. Bibs are usually used to protect your clothes from getting dirty and when you use an expensive bib you don’t want it to get dirty. In this way, the prime function of a bib is confused. Babies don’t care about the price of their bibs, however, their parents do and they use it to show their status. The new consumer generation is growing. This project is an encouragement not to be an advertising banner for famous fashion brands.