Felt gardens

Eglė Ganda Bogdanienė, Miglė Lebednykaitė and Laura Pavilonytė by hand felting and needling white wool created the thematic bas-relief, which echoes white stucco sculpting of baroque masters. They have moulded their own version of luxurious Eden: vineyards, orchards, parterre inhabited by angels playing music, young women dancing and pouring wine. The flurry of fruits, berries, and flowers hosts secretive fish and crayfish, springing rabbits, dosing lion, gagling geese. Dynamic lively scenes are playful imposters of classical motives, where paradoxical technology and materials create modern visual feel. It is as if historical stucco and even earlier marble sculpting reincarnate in a literally warmer modern body of felted wool.

Felt gardens is a set of textile art pieces based on art nouveau and art deco styles produced combining hand and needle felting. These large felt panels were initially intended to be modern art pieces to decorate mirror walls in the restaurant in the Hotel Panorama in Vilnius (architects Dalia Adomoniene, Evaldas Adomonis). Creation of panels took four years (2003–2006) and was never installed, since the Hotel Panorama has been sold in the meantime. However the loss of intended decorative function has highlighted the value of the panels as modern art. Modern composition of trivial traditional elements prompts smooth feel of marble, at the same time maintaining the warmth of felt and demonstrating the skill of the artists. These visually attractive felt forms providing seemingly purely decorative function are deceptively conceptual: playfully ironic of the ornamental function that art has to carry out in modern society and it’s ephemeral consumer dependent nature. It also reflects on yet alternative form to show dissent – as critical, yet very professional and aesthetically pleasing expression. In the abundance of critical ideas expressed in dramatic, shocking, even repulsive way this art piece provides a ironically gentle, cheerfully erotic and warm alternative voice.