SOLO 26 ART REVIEW Jagoda Karać-Ivanov is an artist who is extremely interested in visualising people and human experiences. Her work is highly individualistic and reveals a desire to communicate her perceptions of humanity to the viewer. Tour d' Art is an exhibition that marks the twentieth year since the date of her first solo exhibition in Belgrade, Serbia. Lower Hutt based artist, Karać-Ivanov works mainly in drawing and collage. She creates sophisticated portraits that show a psychological understanding of social interaction. Her mixed media works show distorted faces whose natural contours have been transformed into a fantastical and surrealistic world. The figures appear as behind masks viewing the world behind their external appearance. They are circus performers engaging in the balancing act of everyday life. She invites viewers to explore the textures and complexities of human interaction and communication. Karać-Ivanov is interested in depicting ordinary people in order to show the truth behind our daily lives. She depicts figures that emerge out profound experiences and spiritual journeys. Her people often reference the deep underlying melancholy of the human condition. Karać-Ivanov has a balanced and illustrative style that harks back to folk and mosaic art of Eastern Europe. Her works are complementary to her work as an accomplished graphic artist and recent forays into photography continues to explore ideas of human experience and her interest in geometrical elements and synthesis of colour. In Karać-Ivanov's photography, she is interested in depicting the transient and forgotten objects of everyday. Her artistic photography breaks with traditional ideas of composition and beauty. All of Karać-Ivanov's art works are inflected with her observations of her surroundings and her focus on the beauty of small details. Karać-Ivanov looks to her environment and elevates the ordinary in an extraordinary. Jennifer Muller BA(Hons)Art History 2008
Biography: Jagoda Karać-Ivanov was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Pri?tina, Kosovo, in 1983 at the Department of Fine Arts, the Graphic Design Studio. Completed post graduate studies in 1988 at the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, at the Department of Graphics, The Book Graphic Studio, in the class of Professor Bogdan Kr?ić. Jagoda Karać-Ivanov is a member of the Association of the Artists of Fine and Applied Arts and Designers of Kosovo since 1984. Also a member of the Association of the Artists of Fine and Applied Arts and Designers Serbia since 1987 , a member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts since 1995, member of the Hutt Art Society since 1995, a member of The New Zealand Portrait Gallery since and a member of Hutt Camera Club since 2006. AWARDS 1983 First Award at the “Creative Women” Exhibition, Provincial National Theatre Hall, Pri?tina, Yugoslavia 1992 First Award at the “9th Youth Show”, Contemporary Gallery of the National Museum of Kikinda, Yugoslavia. Some of her works of art are kept and displayed in the Yugoslav Portrait Gallery in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina, in the International Biennial Gallery in Cracow, Poland and some are in a number of private collections in France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Germany, Japan, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Country: New Zealand
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