Gintaras is Lithuanian for amber. Writer Sasnaitis’s family originates from Lithuania, one of the Baltic states where amber has been gathered, mined, traded and treasured since antiquity. In this collaborative artist book, amber represents the turbulent relationship between earth and air, stasis and movement, father and daughter. Sasnaitis’s text weaves between Crawford’s images of traditional Baltic textile patterns and pages of brilliantly coloured cellophane that imitate the infinite variegations of amber. The visual space of the page is by turn crowded, restrained and spacious; meaning evolves and accrues with each turn of the page.
Francesca Sasnaitis is a writer and artist. Originally from Melbourne, she now lives in Perth where she is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia. Her poetry, short fiction and reviews have been published online and in various print journals and anthologies.