Saulius Vaitiekūnas (1953) is a recognizable and at the same time completely unpredictable artist, whose creative biography inextricably combines, it seems, very different forms of expression – jewelry, monumental sculpture and conceptual installations. For the artist himself, these modes of expression are important as forms of communication, thanks to which it is possible to direct a person’s thought or state towards personal land, trying to provoke fundamental questions: “Who are you?”, “Where are you going?”, “What is this?”
One of the main creative materials – stone – has become more than a material, thing or object for S. Vaitiekūnas. This is where the archaism and modernity of this artist lie. Terra recognita – recognized land – is simultaneously the original substance of divine creation, daily bread, and an existential question, to which the creator returns again and again during his more than three decades of creative work. Turning even the smallest stone between his palms, S. Vaitiekūnas recognizes in it the miracle of the creation of the universe, repeated here and now, and at the same time the mystery of his own creation.