Roma Mikalauskytė Emerging artist
My creative practice is focused on new connections between form and thought, breaking out of the confines of paper and the cliché of printmaking, creating spatial sculptural installations, using unconventional ‘light’ sculptures, and exploring deep social and scientific and artistic themes through my work. As a 3rd year BA student, in April 2022 I presented a solo exhibition – an interdisciplinary project “66. 33” at the VDA Gallery “Akademija” (13 April – 03 May 2022, Vilnius), followed by a second solo exhibition “F’ Relation”, presented at the LDS “Šv. It was included in the programme of the cultural event “Culture Night” in Vilnius (17 June 2022) and received more than a thousand visitors and positive reviews. At the beginning of the 4th year of studies, the latest works I presented my latest works in the exhibition “Making of…!”, an international project at the LDS Gallery (October 7 – 15, 2022, Vilnius). In autumn 2022, I completed my Erasmus+ exchange studies at the Estonian Academy of Art, Glass Art programme. On January 19, 2023 I presented the project-exhibition “Index of Happiness” at VDA gallery “5 Malūnai”, the exhibition was included in the project “Happiness of Happiness” organized by Vilnius City Municipality. “Su-menėk”, the programme of the contemporary art route “Su-menėk”. And in April 2023, the glass objects – works were presented in the international group exhibition “The Baltic Vibe. Elements” during the Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy.I already have 5 more participations planned group exhibitions in 2023-2024 with other interdisciplinary and visual artists. I am very socially active and join events such as “Packed in the Academy”, the VDA Art and Design Shop (2021); I designed the VDA Christmas card (animated gif card, chosen for the Rectorate greetings, 2021); VDA support for Ukraine Art Fair (2022) – I prepared a production in support of Ukraine; (T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags) I kept up my energy and time for creation/studies, I used the knowledge gained during my studies in a purposeful and meaningful way. In June 2023, I opened my solo exhibition “Hyperplane” in the premises of the former “Lelia” factory, now Tech Zity Vilnius, Panerių str. 43, Vilnius. In the exhibition I presented large-scale spatial light installations interpreting 4-dimensional perception. The exhibition was also presented as part of the special programme of the Culture Night 2023 event and as one of the segments of the VDA Final Works exhibition.