massachusetts, washington, 2016

“Massachusetts, Washington”, 2016, a series of drawings (graphite, paper, organic glass)

The artist presents her mother’s trip to the USA during the struggle for Lithuania’s independence in the late 1980s. The skyscrapers, the colourful petrol stations, the shopping malls full of all kinds of food: for a woman who had just stepped into the Western world, it felt like paradise. What might now provoke a smile, at the time was a completely new experience.

In the series of drawings “Massachusetts, Washington” (2016), made from photographs of the trip, her mother is just a silhouette. She is in almost all the photographs, because it was very important for her to present herself in this American context, to be able to say “I was there.” However, as time passed, the photographs and impressions of her trip faded. Bits of memories transformed into colourful pieces of glass, which landed on the drawings: grey and yellow. The abstract two-tone desert of memories.

Photographs by Kristina Inčiūraitė