BETWEEN THE PORTS
Innovator in eco-textile, incorporates objects of nature or historical significance.
Established a restauration studio of antique tapestries and textiles, TRAMA, an association of textile art, ArteU, and home for small format Lithuanian artworks, 'Casa Lituana'.
Leads art therapy and creativity workshops since 1997.
Creates and promotes socially engaged art, e.g., her recent installation on violence against women'No dejes que te pisen'.
France, ARTCOP 21, Paris;
Italy, Villa D'Olmo Como, Museo Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice;
Ukraine, Mini Textil Art “ Scythia” Kherson;
Poland, Museo Estatal, Lublin;
Austria, Uruguayan Embassy in Vienna;
Lithuania, UNESCO gallery, Vilnius;
México, Bienal de Arte Sacro Contemporáneo, Monterrey;
Galería del Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City;
Dominican Republic, Museo Arqueológico de Altos de Chavón;
Cuba, Capital de la Cultura Iberoamericana, La Habana;
Chile, Forum Internacional de las Culturas, Valparaíso;
Uruguay: Museo de Migraciones, Galería del Instituto Goethe,
Galería de Leones, (Montevideo), Museo de Bellas Artes
(San José de Mayo), Umbral (Piriápolis)... etc.
Eduardo Lapaitis started working with iron since he was 11, initially helping his father at a safe factory, and has been creating abstract sculptures since 1965. His first sculptures were made of discarded iron and other found metal scrap. Coming from a large family he needed to support himself, nonetheless he managed to graduate from Universidad de Trabajo de Uruguay and later became a university lecturer there. In 1972 Prof. Lapaitis received the Uruguayan National Award in Arts which paved the way for countless other prizes and awards. Eduardo Lapaitis is fascinated by the endless plasticity and grace of iron.
Special celebrations are held for this nationally renowned sculptor. In one of such special events, the Mayor of Montevideo praised E. Lapaitis' intense social engagement and dedication to his community. This is evident, for example, from his enormous sculpture in the Square of Lithuania near the Uruguayan Parliament House. According to E. Lapaitis, one should not wait for favourable conditions to emerge: "we need to put in a lot of effort and self-sacrifice to achieve anything". His famous Cross of Peace, wielded from more than 2000 pieces of metal, calls not to spare efforts in building reconciliation and peace. The Cross, blessed by Pope John Paul II, stands in front of the Reconciliation Chapel, a place of forgiveness and remembrance of victims of 1973 - 1985 dictatorship.
Do not go with fixed ideas.
Go vulnerable and naked.
Open and empty.
You will not only find a way,
you will find a thousand and one ways.
the artist studies his subject lovingly
investigates it, spies on it, selects and interrogates it
performs, obeys, submits to it
deepens it to reveal possibilities
which are latent and adapted to his intentions
new and original forms of expression
a history of objects
which accompanies him and disorients him
in order to express the inner world
he is motivated to create new universes
to communicate with the other
to try to build from the opaque, heavy, hopeless,
rusted, dirty, forgotten, rough
reclaiming his unspoilled freshness, fertile and unexplored
focusing on abandonment
pushing for new explorations
in the realm of all forms possible
the subject becomes the body of an artwork
in the end, an object of aesthetic discourse
alongside the spirituality of the artist,
all turned into a style.
My dad came from Panevėžys, Lithuania, when he was eight years old...
...And strange things life has for us... I've crossed onto the other shore
to go off on a tangent...only to tell this curious story:
I once went to the Recoleta Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires
to see what new there was...
...Such was my astonishment, when I was in front of an exhibition, and especially in front of an artwork... with a very similar palette to mine,
with treatment of colour identical to mine, such similar style that I could not believe it...
I went back to the entrance to see whose were those paintings...
...It was a group exhibition of Lithuanian women,
who painted abstract!!!...
I was astonished to realise that there was something superior that unites us, no matter where we are... that similar ideas float in the ether
and I wondered: where do we get these ideas from?
How do we arrive at them?
Why are they so similar?
...there’s something that connects me to that person thousands of kilometres away
and to so many more around the world
...We are certainly immersed in a higher mechanism...
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