The photographic series and appropriations of already made, constructed and composed still lifes was a surprisingly strong flashback to my personal experience within an academic environment. Educated as a traditional artist in an academic manner, I had experienced the power of drawing and painting still lifes from my young days.

This documentation is taken during my doctorate studies at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania, 2007-2009. These are still lives constructed by professors in the painting department. It is a representation of this institution through the educational principles preserved from their historical heritage and through the practice of still life with all the consequences involved. The title of the project is metaphorical and could be paraphrased into Stagnated Academic Life.

Academic Still Life / Nature Morte, photography series, 2009. Photographs accompanied by students study paintings of the same still life.