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V. Paukstelis draws creative inspirations for his canvases from manifold cultural field, especially - painting and its history. In his work, Victor combines several layers of visual and conceptual features borrowed from art history, contemporary painting, cinema, photography, literature, as well as autobiographical elements. He constructs narratives from details belonging to different periods, gives new meanings to both personal memories and culturally recognizable images.
The artist deals with the topic of interaction between individual and cultural memory. Manipulating and mixing visual material from personal memorabilia and art history, Paukstelis explores how cultural memory influences creative process and analyses; how the meaning of image changes in the course of time. He explores the nature of both conscious images and of those he paints – he explores if it is possible to separate images that belong to the universal imagery catalogue from those that belong to archive of individual memory. He aims at feasibly drawing a boundary between what is memorized culturally and personally by investigating the ways in which individual memory interacts with collective memory.
An important conceptual idea in Victor’s painting is a paradoxical state of recognisability and vagueness of painted images. The viewers are presented with images that are universally recognizable, but the narratives that they reveal provoke spectator to take a different view of those images than the one that is ingrained in memory and to expand these images with their own stories - to relate them with their own memories.
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