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Artist is painting portraits as metaphors of lost innocence and insouciance which as a result has refined, atmospheric images. Tijana's canvases, carried out in the language of traditional art of painting - a cumulative experience of many generations who held a brush in their hand - are primarily sequences; one c… Read More
Artist is painting portraits as metaphors of lost innocence and insouciance which as a result has refined, atmospheric images. Tijana's canvases, carried out in the language of traditional art of painting - a cumulative experience of many generations who held a brush in their hand - are primarily sequences; one could almost say they are scenes of an imaginary film which induce the observer to attempt to reconstruct the narrative flow. As a form of creating portraits the artist uses anonymous photographs of children which are found and selected in digital iconosphere. Faces and bodies are being displaced from their original environments and "placed" on carefully arranged and painted backgrounds that give entirely different meanings to the portrait's characters. Timeless static figures which are, at the same time present and incorporeal, fragile and though, introvert and hypnotically staring at the observer provoke opposite emotions of unease and sympathy.
The creative process of this young artist, realized through a provocative dialog with academic and realistic visual idioms, proves once again that the essence of artistic dimension and actuality is within the poetical and not the physical layer of the artwork. By choosing continuous, disciplined, dedicated work for her intimate artistic strategy Tijana has proven that it is still possible to deal with such a universal theme as the portrait while at the same time-leaving a strong personal mark.
Text by Ljiljana Karadzic, Art historian Read Less
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