Artist’s book, installation & performance of Raminta Sumskyte Sum


Installation with the artist’s book

Ex Voto 365

Time: 5-29 April 2017
Location: Gallery “Kaire Desine”, Vilnius, Lithuania


Artist’s book creator, one of the best Lithuanian printmaker, creator of animated cartoons – Raminta Sumskyte Sum has made wonderful exhibition-installation in Vilnius. During the opening of the exhibition she has made the performance.


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“In ancient Roman religion, a votum, plural vota, is a vow or promise made to the God.”

The exhibition-installation includes 365 created vota from the plates of zinc and copper, installed all together on the wall, the artist’s book with printed all 365 vota, paintings and texts in it with the explanation of a miracle, and textual requests for the help of people from the internet, and fluorescent cross on the wall.

Impressive artist’s book with printed 365 vota in it. The artist’s book has the accordion book form, free folded, what create off-centered paper sculpture. On the one side of the book vota printed as intaglio, on the another side of the artist’s book vota printed as zincography, negative image. In the 365 vota of Raminta we see a very simple and very important human requests. If in the churches we can see vota near altar with a shape of a hand, a leg, or a heart, – in Raminta Shumskyte Sum vota we find not parts of a body, but the situations. I would say strange situations with strange desires or thanks. Every desire is visualized in metal plates not only very professional, but also with culture background.

The wall with the collection of paintings of miracles remind the holy churches in Italy or Malta.

How not to remember: “Miracles do not make believe, faith causes miracles”.


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Kestutis Vasiliunas
Artist’s Book Creators