A host of terms spring to mind to describe the art of Maya Kulenovic: foreboding, hesitant, enigmatic, striking, offensive and illuminating. Her work is not intended to be comfortable,
nor is there any effort spent on the easy or obvious; the artist's mission speaks without pretense and states plainly; presenting us questions as yet unresolved.
Grave and sincere, Kulenovic renders a series of characters from the extant world, in the portraits of both persons and places, offering a range of emotion and suggestion upon
which to contemplate. As an interpreter of the subliminal, she offers less a statement than a journey into states of thought, a windswept plain immobile and ancient, the expression
carried in a face of experience, the victory of years over monument, the forest reluctant to reveal its depths.
The influences are obvious and unapologetic, as much as they are celebratory and declarative; a sequence and interplay of the past, the states of the present and the expectations
of the future.
Here, the Pantheist lands of Turner and Friedrich are renegotiated; filled with comment on abandonment, on fragility, and on the limits to our assumptions of resource and sustainable
The voice is never above a whisper, but the gravity is given special standing.
Working in translucent washes and a fragile balance of unnamable colours, struggling light and advancing shadow, the work emerges to a resonant state of permanent indecision.
The sensation elicited from this work is genuine; positive or negative, it often only serves to amplify that which the viewer brings to it. Exploring the human nest, the patterns in which
we interact and the states in which we accidentally exist. Peripheral memories, glimpses of faces without gender in the moment of recognition before reaction - geographies shedding
the burden of the human footprint. In the mode of Rembrandt's' Ox , (see previous) butchered to the point of conquered, Kulenovic's animals are utterly defeated and wrought of anima,
as lifeless as torn rag ; the comment is not strictly or principally animal rights , but hypocrisy, the dreadful loss of grace from life to lifelessness and the illusion of triumph.
Continuing the conversation between our relationship to our environment and the choices we make individually and collectively.
The results of the past cast a shadow across the future, and between the two we find a penumbra of query and intense consideration.