Thursday, May 02, 2019

Eye of The Beholder
May 10-June 8, 2019
Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL
I am showing my new series "Reef" at "Transparency", the fashion show and exhibit, coming up at Water Street Studios. The event is on May 10th, while the 2D and wearable garments will stay on display in the gallery for almost a month after.
Growing up in Croatia, my childhood summers were spent on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
I have the most vivid and fantastic memories spending hours on end diving with my dad, and exploring the underwater wildlife, marveling its beauty, and enjoying the peaceful quietude of the sea. 
The love for water has always been with me; whether through connection with the sea or through my favorite medium, watercolor.
After watching the striking documentary "Chasing Coral" a few months ago together with my nine-year-old, I was deeply touched and saddened, witnessing the sickening truth of our current devastating impact on the environment. 
My "Reef" series is dedicated to the beauty of our seas and oceans, and all nature. 
We need to wake up from our lull and start acting responsibly and lovingly towards our planet.

It's the only one we got.

*all the images pictured above are from my Reef series, 9"x9", watercolor on paper, 2019

Eye of the Beholder is a juried 2D and 3D exhibit featuring various mediums with a concentration on wearable art. This year’s curator, Andrea Reynders, fashion designer, and Professor Emeritus at the School of the Art Institue in Chicago, shares:

“Artists were challenged to clarify and translate what Transparency meant to them and to create a work that is either worn or observed. From garments that capture emotions we cannot readily share, moments that capture chrysalis transformation, to paintings that capture light in transparent layers of color, the work included here bridges the divide between poetic reflection and political comment and from dynamic movement to quietude. The results are both serious and whimsical—an amazing cross-section of personal interpretation. From sophisticated couture and hand-crafted assemblages to paintings --all as a response to the idea of Transparency. Come and be transformed.”

 *with Andrea Reynders
*Claudia Canon and Katherine Kratzer, with their models

This year’s exhibition features the following artists: Victoria Belz, Andria Burchett, Claudia Canon, Patricia Davoust, Morgan Donahue, Maureen Gasek, Sue and Katie Holzkopf, Lisa Holzl, Madeline Jenkins, Katherine Kratzer, Emy Krauspe, Ellen Jo Ljung, Anke Loh, Michele Norman, Gretchen Schreiber, Madelyn Schuster, Preston Williams, Lisa Youngdahl, Dawn Zalkus, and Ana Zanic.


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