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Meet Gintare Bandinskaite

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gintare Bandinskaite.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a Lithuanian- born visual artist currently living in West LA. I have been creating art ever since I moved to the US at the age of 13. My experience ranges in Photography, Graphic Design, and Painting.

I studied Graphic Design at Santa Monica College in 2013 and one of my classes called for an internship and I found a perfect opportunity for assisting an art advisor. I got to visit many artists studios, galleries and get a behind the scenes look into the art world. At times I was very inspired and other times I felt discouraged as it can be very competitive, insincere and money-driven.

Nonetheless, I did not let my fears stop me and started working on a contemporary photography series titled Miss Universe which explores female identity and self-discovery. This particular series has an unusual creative process- Working in a bathtub filled with water, thin layers of paint are poured over a molding of a human head. The photograph is captured at the precise moment when all the elements interact. Then I build upon the image by digitally integrating my own features onto the face.

In a recent couple of years, I started working with Visual Contrast- a Los Angeles based creative studio that produces artwork for the visually adventurous. We collaborated on a short art film that gives a glimpse into the creative process behind Miss Universe which you can watch here – www.vimeo.com/266811377.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a smooth road for the most part. I believe every set back is an opportunity for something new. One thing I have struggled with is defining my artwork or placing it in a specific category, same as I have been trying to define myself and who I am as an artist. I think in today’s world because it is moving so fast especially in metropolitan cities like LA, people want to categorize you into specific boxes.

I’ve struggled with trying to find exactly which box I belong to, only to realize that boxes are traps and that it’s better to live outside of them. It sounds cliche, but it took me a while to realize this. Once I did, it opened up a whole new way of thinking for me. As a multi-dimensional artist, I allow myself to wear multiple hats.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a visual artist, I do everything from photography, painting, graphic design and I am sure it won’t stop there. I think what sets me apart from other artists is the fact that I am open to a lot of different ventures, I am multidisciplinary.

I am not afraid to experiment and branch out, I love collaborating with other people. I am known for taking risks, unusual approaches and unconventional ideas.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success means having the ability to control my own destiny. To be my own boss and decide what I do, when I do it, and how I do it. It means being free.

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