Paper Textiles and Sculpture
I have focused my research on the occult and symbolic nature of Baltic Paganism. In the 15th century, Lithuania, and the Baltic region as a whole was one of the last in Europe to be Christianized. There is only a minute amount of archival documentation of the Baltic native mythologies stemming from the paganism of the region and the period after Christianization. Rich material, however, survives in the folklore which is still prominent in the Baltic region today.
In a new series, I document myself performing nude poses that mirror Pagan symbols such as waxing and waning moon as well as the ancient figurines found throughout Eastern Europe - specifically from the Paleolithic Age that resemble mythological women such as the Spiral Goddess, Earth Mother, and others. Through the use of risograph printing, I reproduce these images of my body into collages, adapting traditional Lithuanian textiles and decorative symbols in the process. My hope is that these patterned and abstracted designs offer wisdom and power, serving as conduits to view the sacred symbolism of Lithuania.