Nina Nenadović, Untitled (2020), paper and waste material
The two-dimensional picture surface expands and transforms into the three-dimensional object painting. Paper and waste material grow through layering into the three-dimensional form. By surpassing the confinement of the picture surface, the painting verges into a sculpture, thus merging both and remaining neither of them. The old and ordinary transforms into something new and unusual: waste materials such as old newspapers printed with everyday news and packaging of consumed food and drinks are transformed through an alchemic process from something old, ordinary, unworthy, to new, phantasmagorical shapes. The nature of this process is dual: it is physical on the one hand and mental on the other. The discarded material of mental and physical consumption is transformed beyond recognition through layering, accumulating and adding various layers of paper and paint by combining real objects with a painterly form. The shapes and textures created in this way seem organic. They remind us of transformational processes done in or by nature and can be seen as a result of invisible and internal forces. Therefore, the work becomes a living entity through the schematic composing of its organs. On the imaginary level, each viewer experiences their own perception when facing a work of art, which comprises several psychological membranes, projecting various feelings. Each spectator transforms the work of art in their own way. Through that observation, the boundary between the object and the subject diminishes, the object is immanent to the very subject. The opposites are merged. Irrational transforms into the rational; every rational thought is a manifestation of the more or less supressed irrational, subconscious. Chaotic transforms into a more or less orderly form, oscillating between totality and fragmentation, unity and plurality, flatness and bulging.