Butkute's interest lies in the transformation from one medium to another. She investigates the (hidden) possibilities of a medium or object and the ways in which she can reshape or redefine their primary functions. In spatial performances with self-made objects and readymades, she interweaves movement and stillness in such a way that it invites the audience into deep contemplation, gradually giving rise to new meanings. Butkute works with materials such as ceramics, plaster, porcelain and clay, and also incorporates elements like tatami mats. Her preference for ceramics was in part influenced by her parents, who work professionally with this material. During a residency in Japan, she delved deeply into the use of porcelain and one of its basic components: locally sourced Kaolin clay.
At Art Rotterdam, Butkute displays four pigmented porcelain objects that play with the illusion of movement — a concept that contrasts with the inherent immobility of the material. She explores the intersection between the movable and the immovable in choreographed performances and spatial installations, in which emotion and ratio, chance, improvisation and deliberate actions seem to merge organically.
Butkute experiments with porcelain as a medium for painting and thoroughly investigates the function and form of objects, as well as their material properties like mass, texture, and gravity. Her long-standing interest in the material was further fueled by a recent residency at the EKWC (European Ceramic Work Centre), a technically challenging project in which she activated the performative aspects of the material, effectively setting porcelain in motion. This approach culminates in her recent installation "Bound" (2023), for which Butkute performs a sculptural choreography. The installation, a fusion of porcelain and movement, invites the viewer into a deep, personal interaction with the material.