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Visionary Beckenham artist seeks to inspire others to express themselves

PUBLISHED: 14:55 23 September 2016

Iveta Kasiliauskaite

Iveta Kasiliauskaite

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Her art is inspired by visions and explores connections between humanity, nature and the universe

Her art is influenced by spirituality and uses upcycled materialsHer art is influenced by spirituality and uses upcycled materials

A visionary Beckenham artist inspired by spirituality wants to encourage more people to express themselves through art.

Iveta Kasiliauskaite, 30, believes art should have a bigger profile due to its importance in shaping people’s views of the world and its ability to make them happier.

Her art is influenced by spirituality and uses upcycled materialsHer art is influenced by spirituality and uses upcycled materials

An exhibition of her work, entitled Channelled Messages, will open at the Ripley Arts centre next week, exploring the connections between humanity, nature and the universe.

She told the Bromley Times: “There are not enough people reading about art or seeing it.

“If you look at art, it shapes the culture and changes who we are. As an artist, I concentrate on spirituality and communicating the true meaning of it rather than what religious groups are teaching.”

Miss Kasiliauskaite added that art has been shown to make people happier through the processes of viewing and creation.

“Making art makes me feel really good,” she continued. “I had a moment in life when I was depressed and it was art that helped me.

“I started giving classes and noticed that even people who are completely fine who come and create something leave with an uplifted spirit.

“They are really happy and thankful and it is kind of infectious. You feel their happiness and come out happy.”

Miss Kasiliauskaite said the lack of technical skills in drawing and painting should not deter people from showing their creative side.

“My main focus is collages, using upcycled stuff that people do not want,” she explained. “I try to not buy anything – just to recycle and to inspire others that creativity is not just about having the skills to draw or paint – it is anything and everything.”

Originally from Lithuania, she came to the UK 11 years ago and has lived in Beckenham for the past eight years.

Working as an assistant manager in a chocolate shop by day, her dream is to open a spiritual art centre.

“I have had little exhibitions in central London but this is the biggest one yet,” she said.

“I thought I want to give to the local community. It is more fun and there is more to do, and it gets the local people coming together.”

Miss Kasiliauskaite is inspired by visions, and there is a strong spiritual element to her work.

“My main focus is the oneness between humans, nature and the universe. This message comes across to all my art pieces,” she said.

“I see visions. It is almost like from higher realms, so I try to translate it into art.

“For a long time we thought these are the five main senses – but it is far more complex than that.

“I can feel others’ feelings,” she said, adding that everyone is telepathic to some degree.

“There are far more than just the five senses. The world is far more than just the physical reality.”

Channelled Messages will open at Ripley Arts Centre, Sundridge Avenue on September 27 and runs until November 4.

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