The photographic investigation into already made and composed still lives was surprisingly strong flashback to my personal experience. Educated as traditional artist in academic way, I had experienced power of drawing and painting a still life from my young days.

This documentation is taken within Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania, in 2009. There are still lives constructed by professors in the painting department. And it is also a heavy presentational message from this institution with all practices around. It is a visual criticism towards academic discourse experienced in the period of academic studies for practice based PhD (Licentiate of Arts degree) from the same institution. The title of the project is metaphorical and could be paraphrased into Stagnated Academic Life.

Academic Still Life, photography series, 2009. Photograph is accompanied by student's study painting of the same still life.