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Nomeda Saukienė was born 1957 in Dusetos (Zarasai.). Finished painting studies in 1981 at Lithuanian SSR State Art Institute (currently Vilnius academy of arts). A member of painters union since 1988. Has been awarded a honorary citizen title in Zarasai, 2014. Lives and works in Dusetos.
Flowers - children - bones - toys - foxes: Gėlės – vaikai – kaulai – žaislai – lapės: these words were ringing, while standing in the studio of Nomeda Saukienė. In a shadowy attic, we were drawing canvases out into the light. If it was enough only to admire them, I would not have been looking for words to describe everything. Nomedas' studio is full of plants and flowers (sea of flowers). Most of them were collected in meadows and fields, some dried out by time, and some - still alive, turning their heads towards sunlight. Out there, seen from the window, a flourishing garden full of colours. Children are flowers are bones are toys are foxes - a string of words that became an incantation of Nomedas' exhibition has helped me find a way in this magical world of flowers and meadows. A writer Sigitas Parulskis once wrote: "Irony is unfit, while writing about Nomeda" [S. Parulskis, Nomeda Saukienė. Alijošiai palėpėje, „Dailė“, 2002, nr. 2]. This is one of the reasons I have always dreamed of holding N. Saukienės' exhibiton. Painting, in which you will not find irony or sarcasm is contemporary (?). It acts on you with it's professionalism, letting you stay a little longer admiring one piece or another. Irony in art has become a standard these days, and an art piece without it usually seems irrelevant. Nomedas' flower is just a flower, which exists without irony. A flower that was painted while carefully observing the play of daylight and shadows. I could follow such flower into the depths of the canvas: where a plant is hiding behind a plant, a bird, a tree... and there is another one in the shadows. Eyes sometimes have feet, too!
Art critic Vidas Poškus has found a surprising feature on Nomedas' painting - compassion. [V. Poškus, Žemiška, augališka, gailestinga. Keletas Nomedos Saukienės tapybos požymių, „Nemunas“ 2020, nr. 10]. It is a strange feature talking about painting, but it's impossible to disagree. That is another reason why Nomedas' creative work is very relevant - it is an antidote to all the agression of these difficult times. A painter has dedicated her whole life to observing and creating from nature. She is waiting for another day to break so she can come back to a piece that requires natural lighting, which will let us follow that light. This exhibition is a symbolic journey following the ray of light, staying a while next to a painting, next to a flower...
Curator Aistė Gabrielė Černiūtė