Creating meaningful art tirelessly is a conscious decision, just like being in the relationship with the person you love and just like love itself. However, before the person makes that decision, there is a strong need to unravel the tangle of thoughts and emotions by putting them on paper, translating them into notes or as Marija does, pouring them on canvas.
The majority of us Homo sapiens tend to rationalize and intellectualize every aspect of life, thus neglecting emotions. Regardless of the fact that everything is allowed in art because it is a place of freedom, art is often the antithesis of the previously mentioned defense mechanisms:
For me, painting is a counterbalance to the ”ratio” which runs rampant in the philosophical analysis of the world. In 1994, without formal artistic education, Marija began to ”share herself” with the world through figurative painting.
However, she found her artistic identity in abstract expressionism.
Even though it may at first glance seem that all her works are acts of creative playfulness, most of them are preceded by the cognitive processes of questioning others, ”The Other” and herself.
For example, in Marija’s fifth solo exhibition ”The life of the elements” her cycle of paintings is based on white. In theology, white colour symbolizes the beginning of everything, the light and the life itself, what speaks about the painter’s aspiration to understand the essence and meaning of life while being emotionally charged.
On the other hand, a year later, in her exhibition ”Identities”, Marija reflected about ”Others”, marginalized members of society, i. e. the bifurcation of the world into ”pure” and ”impure”.
The interest for that subject has been increased over the last twenty years, even though it has existed as such since the dawn of time. In an attempt to be very clear in presenting the problem of ”The Other”, Marija introduced the collage technique into her painting, and by cutting out the materiality from the reality, she is expressing her criticism of the rejection and neglect of that what is ”foreign”.
Marija’s art work could be analysed from different perspectives, but one thing is certain: there is a story behind each of her painting. However, anyone’s interpretation of those stories could limit the imagination of every art consumer.
Nevertheless, whoever chooses to ruminate, contemplate and deeply experience all dimensions of the world can find refuge and comfort in her paintings, as well as the opportunity to start asking some questions which may lead to right answers.
Text: Danica Ćurković
Translation: Sandra Banas