DIARY ENTRIES by Vlasta Pastuović Aleksić
Short description of series idea:
Today, when it seems that the outside world is crumbling (work is prohibited, movement is limited to one’s residential area – you can go to the grocery shop and the pharmacy – city and intercity public transport is suspended, and the daily reports by the Crisis Committee focus exclusively on the number of infected and deceased from COVID-19), I live in the firm conviction that my existence depends on the paint, pigment, lines and forms on paper.
Anxiety and fear have found refuge in the repetitive circular movements with no end or beginning, concentrated and dispersed lines, and rhythmic strings of small signs. The black ink stains on snow white paper take on a personal meaning.
Biomorphic forms such as spirals, vortexes, wavy lines and various growths that are reminiscent of magnified motives from an imaginary microcosm.
Am I perhaps subconsciously trying to heal myself? I scream without sound to highlight my personal experience of cacophonic reality.
I forcefully imprint traces of oil pastels onto small-size paper to a coarse texture that resembles rough soil, just to visualize my numb, deeply buried fear and dormant anxiety. Imprinting paint on paper becomes a magic ritual which I believe will give me inner peace.
The world is suddenly a terrible place and I have to reconcile it within myself. The only way I can do this is to leave direct imprints of my fears, discomfort, restlessness and demons, and to document in this way my psychological processes.
I ask myself whether my small art, created on the kitchen table covered in protective nylon, can change the world?
Styles of presented artworks:
Color Field Painting, Matter Painting / Haute Pate, Minimalism Painting, Process Painting
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ARTWORK
Used technique and materials:
oil pastels and ink on paper
The binding method:
Hanging on the wall
Available artwork dimensions:
Small: up to 60cm / 24inch