T I J A N A B J E L A J A C
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a r t s t a t e m e n t a r t I don’t want to paint abstraction, landscape, still life, nor figure. I want to paint a painting that would address the ambiguity of what painting means now. It is an attempt to confront the difficulty to paint anything new or viable. Despite the fact that I don’t want my paintings to fall within the traditional genre or their concerns, paradoxically, these things show up in my works. Not as particular kind of imagery, but as layers of history of painting — the accumulation of information that’s rearranged, morphed and layered to appear as an image that embraces the newly formed ambiguity. I am trying to harness the instinct to doodle to create paintings on the imaginary meeting point of gestural abstractions of abstract expressionists, automatic drawings of surrealists, Freudian graphic methods of psychoanalysis, structural renderings of architects, quilt makers ornamental instinct and… scribbles of a child. It is an attempt to extract a visual meaning out of an obscure mental conglomerate that is formed in the process of hypnotic, ritualistic repetition.

© Tijana Bjelajac 2015