This is a piece in progress, a mixed media canvas, 48x48. It represents the hand-work done by women in different cultures, but predominantly Serbia. The female figure wares the handmade embroidered traditional outfit, and is embroidering herself, thus creating herself. Her hair resembles the embroidered design and the distinction between the two elements is almost impossible to detect. This piece also becomes different under the blacklight, and it transforms into god Shiva, god of creation and destruction, embroidering the world into existence.
This is a 48x48" mixed media painting, and it represents the notion of looking to the night's sky for the answers of spiritual nature. Just like our ancestors lived in accordance with nature by looking to the cosmic movements and cycles, we should pay attention to what lessons we can learn from observation of the world around us. Finding connections between the stardust and sand, and realizing that we are all made of the same elemental particles makes this universe even more mystical. Just like we observe the universe, it is observing us through every sparkle of the stardust reflecting in someone's eye. Play with color and spatial qualities of the painting demonstrates diversity of things in nature and order in which diversity exists.
Searching for Ancestors
This is 18x18", ink on paper drawing, digitally colored and manipulated. It represents the Search for our past, origin and the answer to the eternal question of our purpose as human beings. We often feel lost and scattered in trying to find all the answers, and this works wants to capture that moment and tell us that it is a part of the journey that is necessary. Using color to play with our perception of depth, we perceive a continuous labyrinth of repetitive silhouettes that seem to chase and are being chased - indicating that we most likely have all the answers within. This labyrinth is a journey inward, to the past, to different realities and to ourselves and others, and it is a confusing, yet ordered and cyclical system that makes the life itself.
This is an 18x18" ink drawing, digitally colored and manipulated. It represents weaving, one of the one of the oldest crafts and the artistic and functional power it holds in certain South American and African countries. The intricate lace of woven lines mimics the thread of handmade fabrics, mixed with the curls and weaves of the woman's hair. The color blue evokes the river, where Goddess of the Sweet waters, Oshun lives and protects the thread weavers. She is woven into the drawing and is a protector of handmade craft, whether it be weaving of the thread or perhaps ink.
This is 8x11" ink on paper drawing, digitally manipulated. It represents the masks of the shapeshifting gods and notion that everything around us is an illusion of reality. Intricate white ink work is to represent the lace of the veil that often symbolises mystery and protection in mythology.
This is an 8x11" ink on paper drawing, and it represents the idea of a sacred ceremony, ritual and festival. In ancient cultures, festivals were events where people would end their daily activities and meet each other on a different plane of reality, where time is eternal and space unlimited. This was an essential moment in time, not only to give people a moment to rest, but to take the time to remember why they are doing the things of the daily life. This is a space where we meet those who came before us, and where we meet our true selves. The scattered forms drawn by ink show the floating nature of the spirits and fragility of reality and form.
This is 8x11" ink on paper drawing, digitally manipulated. It represents three Native American Spirit guides, often seen in the ceremonies and art depictions of Native American tribes. In traditions of Native American people in North and South America, it is possible to often see and communicate with the spirits of our ancestors and other guides. This is done through shamanic ceremonies and rituals devoted to a certain cause, deity or tribal health. In this particular representation, we see three figures, where two are animal spirits related to wisdom and good inner and outer sight, for spiritual clarity. The female dancer is a spirit of the Native American ancestor who communicates to the tribe in the ceremonies through mediums. Feathers, lines, circles and triangles are shapes that dominate the ornaments of Native American culture, and we see them in the representation of all the characters.
Dancing Shiva Drum
This is an 18" diameter drum, and ink is directly applied on leather. In shamanic cultures, a shaman would choose an instrument (often a drum) and make a bond with it by marking it in some way. This symbolic drawing is a mixture of this tradition and Hindu symbolism, for it represents a dancing god Shiva, god of destruction and creation. He is holding a drum, because it is believed that rhythm came before everything and first gave birth to time, which is how the whole world came to be. This god is therefore protector of the rhythm of life, music and the creative act. As a destroyer and a creator, he is a good companion to shamans who do transformative spiritual work.
Faces of Earth
This is a 36x24 Pen/Pencil drawing that represents different mythological symbols of what we call Spirit of the World. It is based on a Buddhist idea that god is a shapeshifter and it lives within every being, and so is perceivable in every part of the world, every object - every face. The main idea in using layered, almost geometrical intricate structure to compose all the faces, is used to convey the complex nature of "shapeshifting" where one shape turns into another, and each part is integral to functioning of the whole. The longer observer looks at the image - the more beings and forms they can see, but still perceive the overall harmony of the abstract whole.
This is a 38x24" ink drawing, with color added digitally, and it represents a Buddhist and Taoist notion of elevated consciousness. The fluttering butterflies represent the sensation of the energy flow, but also evoke the Taoist parable of Chuang-Tzu's Butterfly Dream, that questions form of our reality. Meditative and dream state are states of high subconscious activity and reality changes its manifestation within them. Similarly to the Chuang-Tzu's dilemma, weather he was a man dreaming to be a butterfly or a butterfly now dreaming to be a man, in this representation we see a human composed of butterflies, and the boundary between one form to another blurred in the intricacy of the ink hatches. The notion of the butterfly effect as a chain reaction of consequential events, in this case makes us think of how elevated states of consciousness bring our awareness to everything we do and to how we resonate in the world we live in.