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Dragana Crnjak : Works on Paper

“The experience of love is as close as most of us get, after childhood’s end, to feeling that we are not bound by our skin, that the circumference of self can be moved or penetrated or dissolved in union with another…our surrender to love is a touching of skin to cancel out that boundary.” (Nachmanovitch)

House #11
Charcoal, pastel on paper
36 X 36 inches
2007

House # 4
Charcoal on paper
42″ X 42″
2006

House # 3
Charcoal, pastel on paper
42″ X 42″
2006

House # 7
Charcoal, pastel on paper
42″ X 42″
2007

Interior # 1
Charcoal, pastel on paper
42″ X 42″
2007

House # 8
Charcoal, pastel on paper
42″ X 42″
2007

My work, in general, is a search for re-enchantment, for a way to reach below the surface of things, to find that point of connection with life. I want to engage the viewer in a sensory experience, one that is un-camera-like, un-computer-like. My goal is to nudge the viewer into a deeper experience of the present, where the “circumference of self” is dissolved – to provide a moment of contemplation without literally telling a story.

The current series, loosely based on a metaphorical concept of the garden, continues the search for “re-enchantment.” It attempts to evoke an experience through the relationship of surface marks, the material of the paint itself and color, alluding to an abstract garden – a place set apart, penetrating the “circumference of self,” where awareness is expanded and the senses enriched. The works are constructed as a kind of palimpsest, a layering of forms and feelings, providing a point of departure with multiple meanings. [artists statement]

Dragana Crnjak : Website

Dragana Crnjak : Page Bond Gallery

Dragana Crnjak : Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

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