I Will Do It Like
Textile is one of the oldest art forms, formed in the prehistoric times. Textile works created by women had a significant economic importance to their families up until the industrialization, and the skills of this craft are given through teaching mainly by the female line: women teach girls. This way, the passing of the traditions of this art form connects the new creator with the whole chain of foremothers. Therefore, these deep roots of woman‘s expression through textile became one of the main tools against patriarchal art institutions in the second-wave feminism.
When women still did not have a public, free voice, they expressed themselves through so-called „handicrafts“, although usually they could show their works only to closest relatives and, sometimes, because of unconventional form or ideas, women had to choose – either do it but not show it, either do it „like they told to“. Even though the male-dominated culture had ignored the female artwork as not enough or solely decorative for a long time, today it is hard to imagine an art exhibition, which doesn‘t let a female artist in.
Lithuanian textile art enravished Ukrainian gallerist Oleksandr Shchelushchenko since the first moment he encountered it. Since the restoration of Lithuania’s independence, the professional Lithuanian textile art experiences an uplift, is celebrated in various international exhibitions and art fairs by dedicating awards, describing the textile artwork as passionate and inspiring.
The exhibition „I Will Do It Like“ presents nine female artists from different generations, who have only few things in common – it‘s the art of Lithuanian textile women artists. The techniques, forms of expression, creative paths and ideas differ. Affected by multilayered influences, each artist brings her own complex creative lines. The authors decide themselves: ”I will do it like…”, and do so by ensuring the continuation of the female origin, yet not being restricted their creative freedoms, freely transforming the traditions of textile.
Artists: Virginija Kirvelienė, Lina Jonikė, Eglė Ganda Bogdanienė, Laura Pavilonytė-Ežerskienė, Džina Jasiūnienė, Žydrė Ridulytė, Severija Inčirauskaitė – Kriaunevičienė, Laima Oržekauskienė, Danguolė Brogienė