RAPID EYE MOVEMENTS – solo show by Kristina Alisauskaite
From the 9th until the 12th of May 2014 Mobile Gallery The Rooster represented the new paintings by Kristina Alisauskaite. The show was held at Trakų st. 14 in collaboration with DNB bank. The exhibition was a part of Vilnius design week events and during the opening the Gallery also represented a series of notebooks with the works created by the young artists.
Painter K. Alisauskaite invites to explore her subconscious experiences and remember one‘s own. Rapid Eye Movement or the fifth stage of sleep is a state when a person sees the most vivid sights and remembers them best when awake. However, those images can‘t be recreated exactly the same as they began to fade away and what remain are just the memories of the dreams. Every night a person spends 4-5 cycles in REM state. During this time eyes are shut but move intensively and the sights are extremely bright. The most part of the muscles are completely numb but the neurons in the brain are as active as awake. So REM stage is sometimes called the paradoxical sleep.
The irrational phenomenon of dreams was the interest of scientists and artists from old times but still remains hardly tangible. It is not clear if dreams are a key to a deeper understanding of human experience, the world of restricted wishes or maybe the dreams are just minor products of the mind which we should dispose in order to think clearly when awake. Dreams were very significant for psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud explained them as a fullfilment of secret desires and able to act as a solution for a conflict through subconscious. Carl Jung saw dreams as a way to understand the world of collective subconscious and universal archetypes.Kristina Alisauskaite also thinks that dreams are worth of close examination. But her sight is detached from psychoanalysis. She doesn‘t care to express intimate details about herself. The artist seeks to recreate the atmosphere of dreams, their narrative qualities, visual codes and emotional charge.
Kristina often fixates one object in a particular moment or a short frame from a larger scene. Motives and situations are left as links to mysterious stories. The artist invites to actively participate and extend the scenes by yourself. She wonders if there is a universal commonality between our dreams?