Way of Roses, cross stitch embroidery on car parts, by Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene (LT) at the Strich & Faden - Heimat, Folk-art and Travesty art exhibition at Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin, May/June 2009.
Lithuanian textile artist, teacher and curator Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene takes pleasure in things that are only insignificant details to most people. Proletarian concepts of beauty and utilitarian objects inspire her and form the basis of her cross stitch embroideries on car parts, "Way of Roses".
Severija's "female car tuning" is not only bringing an unexpected poetic touch to car decoration, it is turning everything that is expected of embroidery on its head: homely becomes worldly, static becomes mobile, feminine becomes masculine, decoration becomes social critique.
About the Strich & Faden exhibition:
The folksy German expression "nach Strich und Faden" means to do something thoroughly, with great artistry and precision, or according to the rules of an art or craft. In contemporary language the term has gained connotations of trickery, deceit and travesty: our belief in authenticity has gone. Travesty is a device present in many works in this show, either as an artistic attitude, or as a subject matter. The participating artists use it to subvert both the traditions of Art & Crafts and our expectations of art.
The new edition of Strich und Faden presents representatives of the thriving US-american Neocraft scene - some of which are shown in Germany (or Europe) for the first time - and presents them alongside their (Eastern) European colleagues. Strich und Faden II goes beyond crafting however, also incorporating conceptual and neo-traditional works on folklore and regionalism.