Egle Saka

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I strongly believe that a visual accident is the best thing that can happen to an artist, therefore I see it as a positive artistic outcome. I immerse myself in spontaneous decisions in the process of printing and creating my visuals, as I feel the need to turn away from precision and perfection and look for visual freedom, usually in a form of intentional error and glitches.

I often manipulate imagery with malfunctioning electronic devices causing analog signal errors, which results in something unexpected, pushing the image from its original towards its abstract form, which is often disturbing, yet seductive. Mainly working in a monochrome or grayscale colour scheme, I find the heightened nostalgic feel and desirable dreamy tones.

My thought process essentially is an ongoing search of an epiphanic moment of insight into the essential meaning of something or why we long for something. This process is a constant intellectual ambivalence of forms and space, experiences and mixed feelings about the past and the present. This is where it gets a bit poetic, when the momentary expression becomes a sort of visual poetry. Using blurred out images I capture the day dreaming and atmospheric states of mind. Almost like a state of limbo where one lingers between something and nothing, infinite search for balance. I feel like nostalgia might be that balance that we crave for living submerged in this multi-tasking culture. I anticipate that the melancholy in my work brings attention to collective consciousness, pulling inwards and away from the condense distractions at the top of the surface we senselessly live on.

The image is created pouring black and white ink mixing the colours into each other to create a visualisation of an anxious mind in a state of fear, not being able to escape a certain situation, when things seem to be only a contrast black and white exits. Derealisation, irrationalities and falsifications that anxiety leaves one to wonder with. Distorted mind in transmission from what is real and imagined. ‘Agoraphobic’ 2020 1 layer screenprint  On 100% cotton somerset satin 410 gsm tub size paper 96cm x 142cm  Edition of 3 
‘Agoraphobic’ 2020 1 layer screenprint  On 100% cotton somerset satin 410 gsm tub size paper 96cm x 142cm  Edition of 3 
One colour screen print On 100% cotton somerset satin 410 gsm tub sized paper 96cm x 142cm  Edition of 3
Daydream' 2020 1 colour screen print On Velin Arches White 300gsm paper 116cm x 155cm Edition of 3
Double vision
Work created using old letraset letter transfer sheets and made into a screenprint 90x130cm On Somerset Tub Sized soft white 310gsm Edition of 10

Egle Saka is a Lithuanian born artist/printmaker, who works heavily in the field of visual and fine arts (including printmaking, photography, glitch, video and installation art). After finishing her BA in graphics at the Academy of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania, she has set up her collaborative print studio in London, UK, where she now lives and creates. 

Working as a professional screen printer as well, she often collaborates with fellow printmakers around the UK. Egle is the co-creator of motif print studio, founded in 2015 and run by herself and fellow printmaker Greta Haga. Coming from similar cultural surroundings, motif collaborative shares a like-minded approach to contemporary printmaking and explores the remix culture, man of techno-culture and the age of industry.

Egle Saka frequently creates under the name of motif and as the name suggests, motif’s visuals are often composed of abstract repetitions forming graphic patterns and atmospheric scenery. Egle’s work captures moments of expressive motion and aesthetics of error, as she often plays with either corrupting digital data or physically manipulating electronic devices, or in other words, causing intentional glitches in the system.

The search for so called glitches started in her late years of studying as her final BA project was dedicated to her research about digital and analog glitch art and aesthetics of error, that could be seen progressively appearing in many forms of art around the global art scene as the new aesthetic of digital age. In fact, over the recent years, becoming an art form itself, glitch has shaped Egle’s creative direction and has been used as her main medium and way to create her visuals since 2013. 

Therefore, her work can usually be seen in connection with distortion, disturbance and chaos elements, although she frequently gravitates towards the nostalgic side of analog aesthetics, as she produces monochromatic, haunting and dream-like, yet considerably photographic imagery. Her work is strongly influenced by experimental ambient music, sound and video art, abstract photography and glitch art, alongside some more direct influences of growing up in a post soviet country that also brings appreciation for industrial, brutalist and minimalist art. As a glitch practitioner, she embraces the accidental and translates it into her language for visual poetry.

the United Kingdom



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