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.
She’s been a long term international artist in residence at the London Clay Art Centre (ON) since July 2017, where she also works as an instructor.
Since moving to Canada Dauma has 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. Most recently Dauma exhibited her work at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto as a featured artist for the month of September.
"My work serves as a form of escapism to me, I’m not interested in replicating or portraying things that already exist. Ceramics 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.
I’ve always had a very close connection with the natural world as both of my grandparents had farms so I spent most of my childhood around lots of animals and plants.
My research often delves into various insects or close-ups of plant and animal world, things that often go by unseen or unnoticed. I aim to instill a sense of curiosity and wonder in the viewer - as well as explore the notion of the ‘unknown’ through unexpected combinations of shapes, color and surface treatments. Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, the work is intended to suggest an eerie possibility of life forms we are not aware of. Familiar yet uncomfortable, my creatures are much like unusual specimens at a natural history museum."