Dovilė Tumpytė

Laisvydė Šalčiūtė is interested in issues of completely different kind. The subject of her focus is the woman and everything that is connected to woman's experience. The light and elegant linear drawing spreading over the vast spaces of the canvas and reminiscent of the work of E. Schiele, is combined with motley and colourful ornamentation allusive to the Moor patterns and primitive drawings.
In her nude paintings, the artist creates optimistic, paradoxically, ironically happy comic narratives revealing women's desires, passions and tragic fates. Similar in every work, but still different narrative attracts by the virtuosity of unique expression, richness of colours and characters' metamorphoses.
On L. Šalčiūtė's characters. The artist calls the very women she draws and paints "comitragic" (and not "tragicomic"!). She reveals the absurdity of the woman's fate (?) or helplessness. Her works create a type of the woman-clown: the body has been deformed, the characters seem to be heaved by inner convulsions, they are portrayed in voluptuous poses. Only women "act" in the paintings: single or in couples, mingling with the world of their dreams. The world contains motifs (sweet roses, boats, squirrels) expressed in intentionally childish manner; they create a mixture of dreams, naivety, desire and ecstasy.
The intensive playfulness of L. Šalčiūtė's colours lulls the viewer, thus preventing him or her from perceiving the grotesque nature of the women's distorted and multiplied smiles and bodies, which, by the way, do not lack irony. This is one among many aspects of female desire for life, a mixture of pleasure ecstasy and drama.

From the article "Ironic Identities", "Identitetai ironiškai" in 7 meno dienos, 2002 spalio 25 d.

Agnė Narušytė

Women's (un)happiness

"Nudes. Smiling" is the graphic artist Laisvydė Šalčiūtė's (who is in her thirties) diversion to painting.
Naked women arranged in sexual poses are smiling among colourful things and animals, sometimes alone, sometimes (almost like lesbians) in couples. This is exactly how the models painted by Rembrandt, Rubens or Manet lied or sat - demonstrating their bodies for the viewer's pleasure, longing for mythical creatures' love. Only the colours in Šalčiūtė's nudes are especially bright and courageously combined, stars, swans and hearts are especially unrealistic, the space is especially flat and smiles are especially large, really spilling over the edges, women are like grinning nutcrackers.
It is those exaggerated smiles that sharpen one's ears. Joyful combinations of colours might be painful, the light layer of paint might highlight lines so that wrinkles on women's bodies become as if incised with a knife. Comfortable poses are distorted in such a way that bodies become overstretched and the faces, arms, legs and bellies become mutilated. Fingers are especially nervous - there are more than ten of them, it seems, they look like wrenched by arthritis, although the women's age seems to be too young for this disease.
Thus the smile is self-ironical here, denying all superficial happinesses offered by women's magazines, advertisement and beauticians. These are the women, according to the author, "torn by inner contradictions", in other words, contradictions to oneself, self-sacrifice, exhaustion - the woman's permanent daily experience, it destroys the body tended by beauty industry. Although for a superficial view, the paintings leave an impression of expensive, colourful and joyful decorations.

From the article "Under the Surface of Painting" - "Po tapybos paviršiumi" in Verslo žinios, 2002 spalio 25 d.

Dvi sėdinčios / Two Sitting
Dvi sėdinčios / Two Sitting
Sapnas / Dream
Sapnas / Dream
Klounas / Clown
Klounas / Clown
Susimąsčiusi / Lost in Thought
Susimąsčiusi / Lost in Thought
Karalienė / Queen
Karalienė / Queen
Balandis su rože / Dove with Rose
Balandis su rože / Dove with Rose
Gulbė ir širdis / Swan and Heart
Gulbė ir širdis / Swan and Heart
Voveraitės / Squirrels
Voveraitės / Squirrels
Žalia žvaigždė / Green Star
Žalia žvaigždė / Green Star
Moterys su laiveliu / Women with Little Boat
Moterys su laiveliu / Women with Little Boat
Moteris su katinu / Women with Cat
Moteris su katinu / Women with Cat
Drugelis / Butterfly
Drugelis / Butterfly
Šokanti su mėnuliu/ Dancing with the Moon
Šokanti su mėnuliu/ Dancing with the Moon
Dviratininkė / Bicyclist
Dviratininkė / Bicyclist
Mankšta / Exercise
Mankšta / Exercise
Braškės / Strawberries
Braškės / Strawberries
Repeticija su drambliu / Rehearsal with Elephant
Repeticija su drambliu / Rehearsal with Elephant
Cigaretė / Cigarette
Cigaretė / Cigarette
Kojų šluostymas / Legs Wipping
Kojų šluostymas / Legs Wipping
Žiemos vakaras / Winter Evening
Žiemos vakaras / Winter Evening
Moteris su žaislais / Woman wih Toys
Moteris su žaislais / Woman wih Toys
Pertraukėlė / Pause
Pertraukėlė / Pause
Prisukama pelė / Clockwork Mouse
Prisukama pelė / Clockwork Mouse
Šypsena / Smile
Šypsena / Smile
Liūto dresavimas / Lion Dressage
Liūto dresavimas / Lion Dressage
Lanko sukimas / Twisting Hulahoop
Lanko sukimas / Twisting Hulahoop
Balta karalienė/White Queen
Balta karalienė/White Queen
Žalias ežys / Green Hedgehog
Žalias ežys / Green Hedgehog
Didelė morka / Big Carrot
Didelė morka / Big Carrot