2018 - Ongoing
‘Home Seack’ and ‘Orange&Blue’ are the first two chapters in my ongoing research which brings together materialization of memory and physicality of photography.
We see, think and live in images. And more often than not, images we encounter are digital and therefore immaterial, yet we accept them as real. Taking this paradox as a starting point for my work, I study the potential of photography to visualize the equally intangible, but more mysterious concept of human memory.
In the time when we engage with the world from the surface of our screens which in turn simplifies and dematerliaizes our experience of the world, my work follows the desire to re-establish an emotional and physical connection to the environment. The final form of the work are installations in which light, colors, materials and motifs from the photographic work expand into the space and create a ‘living image’.
The first chapter, ‘Home Seack’, is a reflection on a very common state of coexistence in several places at once, both physically and virtually. Abstract associations I have with the island of Brač are translated into a photo series of staged compositions with objects and places encountered during the stay on the island, which collectively represent my idea of home.
Summers are when I actually go back home and switch to the Croatian state of mind. There is this feeling I have every time I arrive on Brač - I feel relieved. With the series I’m evoking this same feeling again. But, being far away from the island turns the relief into homesickness, which in my case becomes homeseackness.
‘Staring at the Sun and the Sea. The scenery is magical and I feel relieved. The light and the colors nurture my eyes, and the images remain in my mind. Infinite combinations of Orange and Blue, compressed in a memory where reality merges with fantasy.’
The second chapter, ‘Orange&Blue’, builds upon the feeling and atmosphere of ‘Home Seack’ and further explores the mental images and emotional state related to the Sun and the Sea. I recall a very familiar yet sublime experience of Sunrise and Sunset, a scenery both visually and emotionally profound, and use the means of Light, Form and Color to capture the essence of it.
By taking the iconic imagery of sunrises and sunsets which our memory is loaded with as a reference, I’m using the darkness of the photo studio as a place to recreate the full range of sunlight colors which we experience throughout the day. Orange and blue light serve as a tool to come as close as possible to the feeling one has when being in the sun and soaking its warmth and color. Throughout the process of re-imagining the iconic imagery, figuration reaches abstraction and all that’s left in the image are light, form and color - ultimately the constitutive elements of both photographic as well as mental imagery.