‘Eternity Engine’ by Vytenis Semenas
Artist: Vytenis Semenas
Title: ‘Eternity Engine’
Medium: Lino Reduction Print (Printed on Hand-made Kitakata Green Awagami Washi Japanese Paper 365gsm – Limited Edition of 15)
Dimensions: 20.8″ x 16.9″
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artwork:
“We naturally think of the origins of the universe as happening in time. In other words, we imagine a graph with a timeline, and at a certain point along that line the universe comes into existence. Except it is not like that. From a Christian perspective, we speak of the ‘birth of space and time’. In other words, both space and time came into existence — not in time or space, but as time and space.
Alister McGrath says that most of us find it impossible to visualise this. We are so conditioned by living in a world of time and space, that we cannot escape thinking in terms of time and space. Most of us work with a common sense notion of eternity as ‘an infinitely extended period of time’ — but that is not what the word ‘eternity’ means. It means ‘timelessness’. With this print I wanted to depict my take on visualising ‘timelessness’ within its own frames so called Eternity’s Engine. The artwork itself contains hidden symbolism that reflects my ideas on the topic of time.” – Vytenis Semenas
About the Artist:
As an emerging illustrator/printmaker I view printmaking as a strong tool in solving problems and I truly believe that the use of printmaking can tackle on a various global problems. What I love the most about printmaking is that I have freedom and room for experimentation that gives me the experience of success as well as occasional failure while developing an image from the carved lino blocks. Constantly facing physical and intellectual challenges whilst trying to achieve the appointed objectives is so rewarding that I am lucky to encounter it every time I pull a new print. I am fascinated by the technical processes of printing, particularly with its experimental aspects that cannot be planned to the last detail. And there is something very magical about pulling the first proof of an image that you have created by hand. Every part of the printmaking process: the drawing, cutting and printing of each design, is done entirely by hand. This means that no two prints are the exactly same: there will always be subtle differences in each print due to the hand printing process.My influence comes from various different things such nature, textures, music, movies, literature, mythology, religious art, politics and many more.