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A Piece of Angel Cake – Kamilė Česnavičiūtė, Donglai Meng, Astrid Oudheusde

What is so special about this exhibition and the piece of Angel Cake? Angel cake is the type of sponge cake made with egg whites, flour and sugar. A whipping agent, such as cream of tartar, is commonly added. It differs from other cakes because it uses no butter. It is aerated texture comes from whipped egg white. It gained it unique reputation along with its same name due to it light and fluffy texture. Different colors and the magic sparkling are adding the cherries on the cake for this ordinary and extraordinary delight.

This is where this group show is about. In the first layer of looking at the works they all started painting with photographical references from their environment, family and friends collection a so called ’observational memory’. Painting the ‘ordinary’; but during the process they took another path which for them meant ‘stopping painting history’, and started ‘painting from memory’. In that way they were able to integrate the personal intuitive stories, the memories, dreams believes, their own way of who ‘they are’ into their painting narrative.

All of them want to arrest the paintings in a state of becoming. The paintings never quite crystallize into a recognizable image or space, but might be recognizable in different ways by the eyes of the viewer. An ordinary extraordinary sparkling experience. A piece of Angel Cake.



TO INSIDE Wouldn’t it be great when “to inside” is a verb? It would mean as much as to have a look at ones inside, to reflect, to be actively introspective and weigh the things that work. To draw and paint is a walk through my inner landscape. I have encounters there. I close my eyes and an image pops up. I never ask myself whether I should paint it. I start. And while I am on the way any change can occur. What started with a swimmer may turn into a painting about loneliness. The couple that sat at the table turn out to have a bunch of kids who tagged along. The magical part of creating is all the happenstance I run into. Every colour, shape or movement bring something new. I can’t make it up in advance, but when it happens it is exactly how it was supposed to be. 

Donglai meng

(b.1994, China, currently living and working in the Netherlands.)After studying oil painting in Rome, Italy, she came to the Netherlands and graduated from the Master Institute of Visual Cultures AKV St.Joost in 2019. Then with the support of Mondriaan Fonds, she participated actively in several exhibitions, art fairs, and artist residencies worldwide. She is interested in the study of Immersive Daydreaming, and her works are mainly paintings and installations with the symbol ‘Hairy-Legs’. Through this funny and vivid image, she explores the human inner world and investigates the connection between real life and our mental state. She endowed her works with fictional narrative backgrounds, just like building dreams in the real world, making them as insinuations and reflections on real problems, and trying to draw viewers’ attention to their inner experience.

Kamilė Česnavičiūtė

is a painter from Vilnius, Lithuania, who graduated from Minerva Academy in Groningen.

My artistic energy mostly goes towards painting. I create bright colored figurative paintings. My focus is on humans, their social life and action, causes and consequences. My research revolves around common human, class relations, anti-capitalism, struggles and everyday life. Next to that I am interested in painting and color itself.  Now my focus is leaning towards community, comradery, environment and how these topics intertangle. Painting is the most fitting tool because of color, brushstrokes and layering, I can create anything I desire. In my paintings I like to have a guiding concept of my own that may reflect as something else to the beholder. Sometimes compositions are created only from a gut feeling, other times from a more focused thought. Shapes and colors may become catalysts for a piece and while working I connect it to a concept already floating in my head. To achieve another layer of narrative I am interested in dissimilar depictions of humans and their environments. The figures in my paintings are generalized humans to fill in whatever situation needed for the idea at large. In the paintings the use of color is an important way to show homogeneity and dissimilarity.

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