Painter Ivana Bajec moved from the coastal town of Pula to live in Ljubljana during her studies. With a preference for drawing over writing, Ivana has always kept a visual diary. Recently, she has replaced her daily sketches with paintings.
The artist builds a new series by orientating her canvases around their “mistakes.” These works are always produced simultaneously. She descends down the slide of experimentation, embracing coincidences, accidents, corrections and reflections along the way. Ivana limits her choice of colour, shifting away from an established palette of pastel shades towards marine blue, cold green, grey or yellow, combining acrylics, magic markers, spray paint and collage. Her process is intuitive and spontaneous, striving to create a sense of balance between canvases.
Colourful layers spring from soft strokes of a wide brush, which then burst into rough outlines and on to a splodgy chaos. She demonstrates her inclination towards error and deviation by repainting finished canvases and embellishing them with unused drawings or discarded pages torn from a sketchbook. Sometimes, she will purposefully destroy the work with sponges, brushes and sandpaper.
Instead of offering a dictionary of meanings in the form of figural art and recognisable motifs, she presents us with multiple ways of interpreting what we see. As viewers, we might discover a swarm of pattern; stroll past her curved mysterious figures; or wander into a place of subtle abstraction. Whichever direction we take, we can be sure to find ourselves somewhere unique and charming.
Ivana is currently working on mood boards that remind her of jungles. With an artistic process that’s filled with imagination and fun, the artist confesses that it is difficult to create something completely new to this world, so she prefers to experiment and explore possibilities which are new to her.