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NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

The paintings by Alvīne Bautra portray human beings in the process of dissolving into an empty space. The multiple, overlapping faces and body parts seem to slip away, however, the characters’ presence seem to be rooted in the moment with their look directed straight to the viewer. Their expressions are those of indifference, boredom and sometimes a slight or grotesque smile. In this way the artist reflects upon the human existence. The unknown about the known. The engagement of the elusive inner world with thoughts and emotions which are not known to others. However, in order to exist, a person needs a body and it is seen by everyone.

The compositions of the paintings embody the feeling of the movement in slow motion thus conveying the inescapable truth of a forever shifting viewpoint and the never-ending change. The artist considers movement to be a metaphor of the diverse and multi-layered human nature and the uncertainty of being.

Through her paintings she outlines the complicity of the human mind and its relationship with the existence itself. It is the end – result of the individuals’ transformation that is always unknown.

Alvīne Bautra uses the traditional painting techniques combined with characters of different people to create an atmosphere which, hopefully, invites the viewer to an inner dialogue with oneself about the human existence in the present time.

Alvīne Bautra (b. 1990 / LV) is young and active Latvian artist who currently studies in Art Academy of Latvia, MA in Painting.

Gallery name: Meno Parkas Gallery

Address: Rotušės a. 27, Kaunas

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11:00 - 18:30, Sat 11:00 - 16:00

Open: 04.07.2019 - 02.08.2019