Gedvile Grace Bunikyte
Gedvile Grace Bunikyte
Born in Lithuania and raised in the UK. Currently living and working in Hong Kong.
Gedvile’s body of work consists primarily of works on paper. The artistic practice is perceived as a meditative process that is deeply influenced by the artist’s interests in philosophy, psychology, religions, mysticism and spirituality.
Could you tell us a bit about your background and where your interest in painting came from?
I was born in Lithuania, went to high school in Wales and university in London. I told my parents I will be an artist when I was 3 years old, but then I kind of forgot about it, life got in the way. I was never that kid that was drawing all the time, I was never specifically interested in painting either, I still would never call myself a painter. I make lines, I am a line maker. I am not good at painting but I have a passion for lines and I am great at it. I am mostly interested in the space in between the lines. Lines help frame the space.The space is where everything that is possible exists, thats what's exciting to me. I have always had interest in worlds that the eyes could not see, the information that you cannot hear with ears, the dimensions that you can not experience with your physical body. I found that making work that I do now brings me closest to the place of somewhat experiencing that.
How do you usually get started a painting?
I just start. I come to my studio, look around and either start on a new piece or continue working on something already in progress. I keep the process open and direct. I don't have specific goals , for me making work is a two way communication between the self and the image, a balance between of what I know and what is to be discovered. I think the most important part of the process is listening . In life the best kind of conversations are those where everyone involved is open and listening, when there is no projections or expectations. I think the most optimum conditions for conversation is space, respect and patience. So I follow these same rules with making work.
Do you have a manifesto or common ideology to everything you paint?
Stay open, curious , truthful, naive.
Are they a series? or often represent a thought?
In a way the whole body of work is a series, it's a growing ever evolving organism made up of smaller sequences and repetitions of themes. Ultimately, the first work is already connected to the last work I will ever make as its a continuous development of the same gestures. I love structures, rhythms and patterns, so I go with a chosen theme for awhile and then see where it takes me.
What makes you choose red, blue and black as your major colours?
Red and blue colours are symbolic of many things. Red often represents life, blood, passion, physicality and blue is often used to express divinity, ethereal realms, sky, spirituality. It works well for me because my main theme in all of my works is the relationship between the physical on non physical worlds. These are also the first and last colours on the spectrum that the human eye can see. Well, it's actually purple not blue if to be more scientific, but I took artistic liberty here for the sake of simplicity in my aesthetic. Basically, it represents the visible spectrum, the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye. A typical human eye will respond to wavelengths from about 380 to 740 nanometers which is purple at the lowest end and red at the highest end. So these two colours define our seen reality, all that we know and see is between these two colours. Black is of course the absence of colour, absence of light, it's the unknown, the mystery, the void.
What is to show or not to show?
If you have to show something as an artist , I think you are probably driven by ego, if you let it come into existence and let it be when I think you are making art.
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
What is the painting or imagery (taken by another artist) you saw that inspired you most / that you often get back to?
I often go back to the flower paintings by Cy Twombly and many of the Agnes Martin's paintings. Both are masters in painting the unseen. Cy Twombly in his paintings captured the essence of nature and Agnes Martin taught us how to paint silence and inward-ness. And Giorgio Griffa teaches me to have confidence in a humble line, he is a god of lines.
What is the give-and-take relationship between your inspiration (the root idea) and the process that brings it to life?
The relationship between inspiration and what comes to life is freedom, focus and clarity.
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Discovery? What does it means to you?
I think that's why we are here. We are born so we can discover who we are. To live life of wonder and discovery to me is the meaning of life.
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong