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Dovilé Bernadišiūtė

Dovilė Bernadišiūtė is a Lithuanian jewellery artist living and working in Stockholm. She holds a BFA in Jewellery Design from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and an MFA in Jewellery and Corpus from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Dovilė’s practice reflects on transition through both time and space, utilising casting and ‘imprinting’ methods to link the wearer’s body to their particular location in spacetime.

Dovile Bernadisiute & Lee A. Kuczewski - Warped_v1.0 detail - 2019 - Cellulose acetate, steel, and aluminium foam - Image by Karin Olanders

Our already complex relationship with space has been further complicated in recent years by the intrusion of technology into the structure of our everyday lives. There is more room than ever for collision between our interior selves vs. exterior worlds, the fluidity of time vs. the solidity of matter and the lasting impacts of our actions vs. the brevity of our lifetimes.

Dovilė addresses such conflicts through the creation of mediating objects formed from screens, phones, cameras and eyeglasses; all objects through which we perceive the world.

Dovile Bernadisiute & Lee A. Kuczewski - Warped_v1.0.0 - 2019 - Cellulose acetate, steel, and aluminium foam - Image by Karin Olanders

In Dovilė’s works, these optical forms are contorted through glass-casting or by crushing brittle open-cell aluminium insulation from luxury cars and satellites into dense wearable objects.

Much of this work regarding perception has been undertaken in collaboration with Lee Allen Kuczewski, who Dovilė met during an eyeglass-making workshop at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. As artists they explore humanity’s relationship to our senses and space, how we adorn ourselves through mapping experience, and discovery into how information design affects us. The genesis of their collaboration began with human vision as a foundational theme, and though seeing remains central to their work, both computational software and data have opened up interactivity beyond human sight into other senses, allowing for an exploration into a full, inclusive human experience.

Dovile Bernadisiute - Black Water - 2020 - Glass, aluminium foam, stainless steel, optical plastic - Image by Tim Jansson

Dovile Bernadisiute - Black Water - 2020 - Glass, aluminium foam, stainless steel, optical plastic - Image by Tim Jansson

Dovile Bernadisiute - Black Water - 2020 - Glass, aluminium foam, stainless steel, optical plastic - Image by Tim Jansson