The Techniques and Topics in Lina Jonike Works:
Lina Jonike ( born in 1969) teaching students the disciplines of
embroidery at Kaunas Art University is a conceptual embroiderer.
The experiments of artistic expression Lina started
embroidering bodies i.e. body photos printed on a cloth. A
portrayed nude body (or covered with a cloth) is like an empty
canvas where the artist with the help of a needle creates an
illusionary destiny of a man. For work “Arnotas” at an
international Kyoto exhibition-contest Lina Jonike was awarded
with an “Excellence Award”.
The main goal from the very start of the creation for Lina is the
search of identity which is revealed in different works. Some of
them are embroidered on canvas while others create only
illusion of a traditional needlework. Especially intrigues her
decision to create a nude body covered with an embroidered
coat, a towel or a band on a transparent slab of plastic
detached from the base of a photo. The first work using such
technique was fulfilled in 2001 in “Textile and Me”. Diptych
“Rupintojelis I” and “Rupintojelis II” has become an iconography
representing Lina’s style.
TO BE but not TO LOOK LIKE is becoming an artistic axiom of
Lina Jonike. A raging young body and romantic embroidered
band in “Sirenos” (2001-2002) is outweighed with subtle meek
sensibility of senility in “Architectural Monument” (2007).
Family relations (especially romantic), national identity and
history of Lithuania, conflicts of generations or passive relations,
memories are the most important topics for Lina Jonike.
Sometimes she can be even accused of a great dose of
sentimentality which is very natural.
Aesthetics, personal relation with a created story, experience
and always a secret are the most important key words for
Lina’s creative work.
By Virginija Vitkiene, Doctor of Study of Art
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