Egle Saka is a Lithuanian born artist/printmaker, who mainly works in printmaking, experimental video and installation art. After finishing her BA in Graphics at the Academy of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania, she took her creative research to London, UK, where she is currently based and co-runs a collaborative printmakers project called motif print studio, producing limited edition, hand made silk screen prints.
Egle frequently creates under the name of motif and as the name suggests, motif’s visuals are often composed of abstract repetitions forming graphic patterns and atmospheric scenery. Egle’s work captures moments of expressive motion and aesthetics of error, as she often plays with either corrupting digital data or physically manipulating electronic devices, or in other words, causing intentional glitches in the system.
The search for so-called glitches started in her late years of studying as her final BA project was dedicated to her research about digital and analog glitch art and aesthetics of error, that could be seen progressively appearing in many forms of art around the global art scene as the new aesthetic of the digital age. In fact, over the recent years, becoming an art form itself, glitch has shaped Egle’s creative direction and has been used as her main medium and way to create her visuals since 2013.
Therefore, her work can usually be seen in connection with distortion, disturbance and chaos elements, although she frequently gravitates towards the nostalgic side of analog aesthetics, as she produces monochromatic, haunting and dream-like, yet considerably photographic imagery. Egle’s work is strongly influenced by experimental ambient music, sound and video art, analog photography and glitch art, alongside some more direct influences of growing up in a post soviet country that also brings appreciation for industrial, brutalist and minimalist art. As a glitch practitioner, she embraces the accidental and translates it into her language for visual poetry.
Exhibiting as motif:
2020 Cluster Photography & Print Fair, London, UK;
2018, Willesden Green Library, group show exhibition ‘96 to 95’, London, UK;
2017 Saatchi Gallery and Jealous Gallery, selected group show 'Jealous Needs You’, London, UK;
2017 Hong Kong Open Printshop, Hong Kong Zine & Print Fest HKZPF2017 exhibition, Hong Kong, China;
2016 DSArts Gallery, group show ‘Yellow Dots #3’, London, UK;
2016 West London Art Factory, Christmas Pop-up show, London UK;
2016 Appestat, motif print studio exhibition, London, UK;
2016 West London Art Factory, 'Open Studios'16', London, UK;
2016 Transylvanian Art Center, 4th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, Romania;
2016 International Print Exchange Programme (IPEP), ‘BreakingNEWS’ exhibition, Mumbai, India;
2016 neo:gallery27, neo:printprize2016 exhibition, Bolton, UK;
Exhibiting as egle saka:
2015 Saatchi Gallery and Jealous Gallery ‘50 x 50: The Jealous Needs You Portfolio’ group exhibition, London, UK;
2014 Vilnius Gates Project Space, BA of Graphic Arts, final project exhibition ‘Glitchianity’, Project ‘ERROR. BROADCAST’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2014 LITEXPO, International Furniture and Design Fair, solo stand 'Creative Destruction', Lithuania;
2014 Kaunas Design Week, group exhibition 'Excite', Kaunas, Lithuania;
2014 Kaunas Public Library, Video installation ‘Glitch mo(nu)mentum’ at group show ‘(META)MONUMENTS’, Kaunas, Lithuania;
2013 Vilnius Academy of Arts, group exhibition 'Edvard Munch 150th anniversary', Vilnius, Lithuania;
2013 Vilnius Music and Theatre Academy, group exhibition ‘Breeding Ground for Young Art’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2013 Bank of Lithuania, 3rd prize in collectible coin competition „Form“, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2013 Writers Club, group exhibition 'Pranas Mašiotas 150th anniversary', entry for book of illustrations for children, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012 Novotel Vilnius Centre Hotel, group exhibition ‘Novotel Inside’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012-2014 Vilnius Academy of Art, collaboration on graphic design zine ‘Mundane Art’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012/2013 Vilnius Academy of Art, group exhibition 'Algimantas Svegzda (1941 – 1996) name of honour drawing contest/exhibition', Vilnius, Lithuania;
Education + work
2015 - present, co-creator of motif print studio, London, UK
2010 - 2014 BA in Fine Art (Graphics), Vilnius Academy of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania