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InterviewsErika Belavy

We're pleased to introduce you to Laima Namajunaite,  an emerging artist based out of Lithuania.

In her artworks, Laima shares sensitive, at times slightly erotic moments. Her subjects, covered in deep bright colours. Despite having a look of strong yet fabulous personalities, sometimes their poses and eyes tell different story – revealing vulnerability, shyness, confusion. We had a chat with Laima to learn more about her work

How did you get interested in art?

Through school and university years I was anxious about different things. So drawing became something I could get away with. Like Yoko Ono said “Art is a way of survival” and I couldn’t agree more. Later on, I felt that ability to put my ideas, thoughts and feelings down on paper gives me power. I could emphasize my distinctiveness. It’s fascinating – we can all be looking at the same thing and have a myriad different interpretations of that same thing. From an early age I loved to visit galleries, museums and bookshops, to flip through art albums whenever I got a chance. My mum used to teach fine art arts and ethics in a local school, so our house was always full of philosophy and art history books. Digital illustration caught my interest last year when my boyfriend gave me my first Wacom tablet.

Desires, Limited Edition Gislee Print by LAIMA

Desires, Limited Edition Gislee Print by LAIMA

What is your creative process?

Balancing my artistic side with a full-time job as a study advisor I wake up early in the morning, go to my little kitchen, make myself a strong espresso and start drawing. I like to sketch my idea first, develop the right composition, but I never know what colors I will use – it comes naturally.

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?

What is important to me is that I continue making work and doing what I love to do. That everything I imagine in my head, work out on paper. Creative process gives me fulfillment, so I want to think that my artworks bring good vibes to other people’s life too.

What inspires you/this series of works?

Portrait of LAIMA

Portrait of LAIMA

I don’t need to search far for inspiration. I’m most interested in male-female interaction, relationships, love, daily life situations (like, Monday mornings sometimes can be very harsh on us, right?). Travels and books give a fresh perspective on everything too, so I try to do it as often as I can. I love H. Wassmo novels. Her female characters are so inspiring. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Being able to artistically express yourself is kind of a superpower, isn’t it? Well… if I could have two, the second one would be the ability to watch people workout and then absorb their health benefits.

View more of Laima's work here.