Cuturi Gallery is delighted to present Outlines by Aistė Stancikaitė (b.1988, Vilnius). In this series of new works, Stancikaitė explores recurring themes pertinent to longing, desire, connection, intimacy, and vulnerability. Focusing on the contrast of absolute closeness and complete disconnection, she composes her paintings in a way that creates an unfinished narrative leaving it up to the viewer’s imagination. After taking a closer look, one may find it slightly unsettling and uneasy. Featured in this show, the Echo series underlines human emotion with the magnified paintings of mouths in ambiguous acts of screaming, laughing or smiling.
Inspired by photography and fine art, Stancikaitė also turns to contemporary design, cinema, architecture and human anatomy. From something as simple as observing situations of everyday life to being influenced by the works of other creatives, it shifts her perspective of the world and assists in the development of her practice.
Outlines allow the viewers a peek beyond the curtain, giving them a glimpse into someone else’s life while also reflecting their own.
“Overall, there is a feeling of bittersweet longing that unites them all – the perfect world that is pictured in my work is only perfect and beautiful at first glance.”
Outlines will be on view at Cuturi Gallery from 4 to 26 February 2023.