Man and his relationship with his own animal nature and that of others plays an important role in the sculptures and paintings of Rūta Jusionytė. The animalistic origin of her work stems from tales, myths and paganism. She is also influenced by contemporary social stories and contemplation about relations between men and women.
Jusionytė‘s The Beast is a mythical minotaur, a man with a bull‘s head that once lived in the mazes on the island of Crete. He is the symbol of dark, secret destructive forces.
Jasionytė also bases her work on a hypothesis about the collective subconsciousness expressed by psychologist, psychiatrist and philosopher Carl Gustav Jung. According to Jung, the components of both sexes exist in every person‘s psyche.