LITA (Life Is Torturing Awesome) stands for controversial and vibrant expressiveness. Her practice evolved from traumatic experience and feministic approach. After abandoning ideologies she turned to social constructionism and cognitive psychology.
Using anthropological, philosophical and psychological approaches, by means of collage and painting she reviews standards and conventional ideas. Lita builds her practice on interconnected phenomena: common matter of being, digestion, social constructions and distortion.
Based on a fact that all living organisms have the same chemical composition, she approaches living and non-living creatures alternatively. Literally, humans have relatives from vegetable kingdom – say hi to your strawberry sibling!
Keeping in mind biological nature of human she refers to the mental constructions that are shaping daily life. She examines mental constructs, stereotypes and other inventions from the epistemological point of view. Minds are infected with concepts, which are perceived as natural, often used as speculative tools by powerful authorities or commercialized. Lita’s research leads to experiments in visual poetry and dissection of norms, she creates illustrations destroying mass media images and printed conventional cadavers. Looking into gender inequity issues, designing multi-gender creatures, she portrays vulnerability over looks polished by frameworks and assigned masks.
Unifying illustrative process can be specified as digestion. Considering digestion as a metaphor for reflection and comprehension and as a result conceptualization, as well as a form of matter transformation, she visualized it in a series of collages on food and edible substances.
Physicality is her main focus in painting and mixed media works. Her distortive paintings and graphics bear traces of time-diluted physical contact and a seal of greased arrangements. Explicit artworks have an accent on pain and suffering, which are inevitably encrypted in the cycles of life and caused by flesh and social interactions. A semi-abstract dialogue that cannot be verbally translated takes place and the outer sugar shell penetrates inside the viewer turning into bitterness. It is time to digest.
Lita’s practice is aimed to broaden perspectives by showing the artificial nature of social constructs, concepts and stereotypes and as result contribute to the novelty, bring the awareness to the significance of non-commercial values. By vibrant palette she entices the viewer to the surface; then the trap reveals discomfort that one entered to find the therapeutic exit. By recycling and rethinking of mass entertainment culture, shift attention towards mass awareness. Show the deformative “normalcy” of pain, its challenge that can be accepted and one can take charge of it.
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