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Paulina Pukytė is an artist, writer, and cultural commentator. She holds a degree from the Vilnius Academy of Art, and a Master’s from the Royal College of Art in London. She writes critical and satirical articles on cultural issues and has received awards for her texts. She has published a collection of essays Netikras zuikis (Fake Rabbit), and two experimental fiction books: Jų papročiai (Their Habits), and Bedalis ir labdarys (A Loser And A Do-gooder), as well as a play Žuvies akys (Fish Eyes), two of them were shortlisted for awards in Lithuania. A theatre production of Bedalis ir labdarys premiered at the State Small Theatre of Vilnius in 2015. Extracts from this tragicomic book of dialogs and monologs are included in the anthology of Best European Fiction 2016, published by Dalkey Archive Press.

Pukytė is interested in misunderstanding and miscommunication, in flaws of perception and memory. In her work she employs chance and coincidence, often using found artefacts, such as objects, images and texts. At the same time poetic and ironic, humorous and critical, her work twists perspectives and meanings, deconstructing socio-ideological myths and socio-cultural clichés. She stands in artistic opposition to the dominant discourse, and her art strategies are often consciously restrained, almost invisible. She is drawn to the marginal, even banal, rehabilitating what is seemingly unimportant and “inferior” but terribly human.

She lives and works in London and Vilnius. www.pukyte.com

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Paulina Pukytė. In the Woods, 2014. Two found slides. Courtesy the artist
 
 
 

MADE-UP POEMS

 

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New confessions
Blue
Chrome yellow
Stolen

 

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Tell me something, December,
You have been here before.
The teeth of the tiger
Got you back.

Only believe the first verse,
The big snow,
Unsent letters.

 

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Eye of the storm,
If you could see me now

I’m a believer –
Yellow dog
Across a summer sea

Sister,
Call me by your name

 

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Go with me, dust.
Nights at the circus
there before us.

“Anyone can do it.”

Dark waters,
distant music –
the sum of our days.

The journey
just between us.

 

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restless summertime –
almost a crime

dreams –
fat armies of God in the woods

uninvited

guests
run the road

undiscovered

ends
the great game

 

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Try the scene:
A pale view of hills
The island
The sea
Coast
Envy
Endless love
Between friends
Gone away.
A perfect arrangement.

 

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before I forget
at all costs
the dancer upstairs
joy
glorious colour white
silent night
the ghost at my table

 

 Paulina Pukyte A03Paulina Pukytė. Natalia, 2014. Moving image from two found slides. Courtesy MO Museum and the artist

 

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girl in a blue dress –
the go-between
black cat

dance without music

lifeless city of the beasts

the self-made men
the burning
blind ambition
success –
the death of faith

 

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Is that your final answer,
Skinny bitch?

Forget me not.
Two of us
Always and forever.

 

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The three of us,
Difficult women –

Two moons

 

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look at me
all of me
all that I am
what you see

 

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My life as a man:
the supermale sniper,
innocent traitor,
helpless Jew boy,
outcast,
a pigeon

 

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Pigeon
learning perfume
among flowers

The unfortunates
run
paradise

 

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Twilight in Venice –
Point of no return
Monks
Moths
Confession of a falling woman –
Falling man

Now
you see him –
A stranger in this world
enduring love
(breathing under water)
time and time again.
The clown!

 

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The man who smiled
in the dark
among thieves

forgetting
like eating a stone

 

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If I were you
in the skin of a lion
the liar
before
and after – the innocent man

 

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No night is too long

For one more day

Two years ago.

 

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Leaves

the great lover

alive

 

Photograph

thinks

the presence

 

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