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Sculpture: Ceramic on Ceramic.
''....These small, yet massive, black chamotte clay figures have derived from Irena’s earlier series of monochrome drawings in the combined pen and ink lavee technique (Geometry, People and Objects and Transparent People), in which the artist places anthropomorphic outlines simplified to shadows in relationships with each other and into dialogue with different geometric constructions. These drawings, by their atmosphere and intent, succeed the metaphysical painting by Giorgio de Chirico, capturing reality "beyond the physical." The drawings seem somewhat ghoulish, while at the same time calmingly meditative. Purified in their artistic expression, Irena's figures co-exist in silence, seeking ways to set themselves up to the magical complexity of the world, find balance, approach each other and connect with one another.
Will it work? We do not know. Irena’s art offers no recipe against loneliness, alienation nor darkness. Modeling your own feelings and accurately constructing your own thoughts have an uncertain outcome. It is certainly no waste to draw golden, symmetrical geometric figures in the depths of yourself occasionally, to "anchor" yourself into the world. Or, say, to develop a couple extra pairs of arms to reach out for a hug. At least in art, we can do it.''
Hana Lukas Midžić