Rita Lazauskas has been a practicing artist since the mid 1980s and works as a curator in public galleries. Having completed a Masters at Monash University her works focus on observational drawing and painting and the creation of complex narratives.

The objects on hand at home, a bevy of old toys and junk, iconic symbols of western culture, such as 'Barbie', are amongst the jumble of debris on the desktop. They provide the subject for drawing and the ingredients for reverie. Viewed at close range, drawing the viewer into an intimate space, the discarded toys, each with their own attributes and imperfections, become metaphor for the human condition. The mood reflects the complexities of 21st century society.

At an intimate gathering of friends on New Years Eve 2003, a commitment was made to do a drawing each day for the entire year. Now in its eighth year, the daily drawing ritual has continued, resulting in thousands of drawings.

Rita exhibits regularly in group and solo exhibitions and has been an active member of the regional arts community in North East Victoria.

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