ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daumante Stirbyte (Dauma) was born and raised in Lithuania but moved to Ireland in 2007. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2016 with BDes(Hons) in Craft Design, specializing in ceramics.
Dauma was a long term international artist in residence at the London Clay Art Centre (ON) from July 2017 to August 2020, where she also worked as an instructor.
Since moving to Canada she's taken part in numerous group shows and exhibitions. Her piece ‘Inflorescence’ was named Best in Show at Fusion’s 2018 Emerging artist exhibition (ON). She was also part of the Unity Project organized event UpwithArt in 2018 and 2019 - a silent auction fundraiser for the relief of homelessness. Dauma has also exhibited her work at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto as a featured artist for the month of Septemeber in 2019.
She is currently represented by The Benz Gallery (London, ON), The Gardiner Museum (Toronto, ON), and Museum London (London, ON).
Dauma currently works from her recently set up home studio in London with two furry helpers - Ruby and Rae.
My work serves as a form of escapism to me - I’m not interested in replicating or portraying things that already exist. Clay gives me the freedom to create a universe of my own, a world full of strange things that perhaps don’t fit in anywhere else. Channeling my own feelings of always being a misfit, the creatures I make instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in the viewer. They’re familiar, yet uncomfortable and foreign at the same time.
Using the love of nature as a drive, my research consists of various life forms like insects, tropical flowers, deep-sea creatures - things that often go by unseen or unnoticed. I find the insect world is especially fascinating, their relationships, rituals, and overall behavior has so many quirks and some downright disturbing aspects.
We live in such an extraordinary world - yet we often forget to stop for a moment and take it all in.
I research my subject matter extensively; the work evolves and grows through sketching and experimentation with various clay bodies and surfaces. I use age-old techniques of coiling, pinching and slabs that we are all so familiar with - to create conceptually driven, peculiar characters that quietly tell a story of their own.