Mesmerizing artwork: Dream scenes brought to life with recycled materials

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Talented painter and sculptor Katarina Alempijević from Serbia is taking you directly to the magical dream world filled with scenes of beautiful creatures, cute animals and innocent children embodying act of daydreaming with her clever use of vibrant colors and old, used or recycled materials creating an experience that brings you right back to your childhood.

 

 

Her hometown Čačak being surrounded with mountain range of Jelica and fast flowing Morava River gives her a great opportunity to dive deep into the nature and collect most of the materials used for the artwork at the river banks and ridges of the hills. Other than collecting materials she recycles almost any old or unused item from a regular household. Being old boxes, bottles, chairs or wooden pallets, she uses it all in the fascinating act of bringing it back to life with a punch of incredible creativity.

 

 

I like to explore. Any new technique I see, I love to try it out. Creating the idea, and developing it piece by piece is unbelievable. To create an image from natural materials first you need to find wood or tiles as a base, then branches, seeds, stones. That involves a lot of time spent in nature. The process continues with drying up the goods, preparation and painting. After that I glue the elements together to create the scene and the last step would be varnishing. Used wood has certain warmth to it, and I find it very charming. I am trying my best not to disturb the shape of found items, and am always using them with minimal changes.

 

 

Katarina’s slightly cartoony abstract depiction of animals and children created from painted stones or clay mixed with fantasy setting painted on old wooden planks creates unique kind of depth and draws your attention to the tiniest of details and the story behind some of the pieces rises up to surface and takes you back to that state of mind from your early age, where everything was vivid, fresh and utterly amazing.

 

 

Other than sculptures and paintings Katarina is doing a great job with glass painting and variety of different art pieces like furniture, jewelry stands, coat hangers, chandeliers, house number plates and so much more. While entering her home I realized that her back yard and her rooms were turned into an art studio and a gallery showcasing her latest designs. I had an opportunity to see her creating some of the intricate little sculptures and putting pieces together seemed like a storytelling. Having positive attitude and huge amount of creative energy lifted up my spirit and inspired me to try creating similar artwork myself. Being there sparked interesting conversations, and learning new techniques of painting really influenced my view on the choice of the materials in our work.

 

 

I realized that there are all kinds of different ways to put a certain concept together while developing our art and the way of presenting our work shows our viewers and clients our way of thinking and develops strong bond with the story behind it. Recycling old or unused items from your home could easily become someone’s favorite art piece or a best birthday present.

 

Love you all,
Igor

images from Katarina Alempijević Facebook

Igor Stanković

Igor Stanković

Hi, my name is Igor. I am a freelance design & multimedia contractor from Serbia and founder of Tagax Design and Whizual blog. Being passionate about art and aesthetics, and interested in variety of different topics I thought that I should share some of my insights and hopefully inspire some people in their creative thinking.

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25 Comments
  • Dju
    October 27, 2015

    B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-llllll <3

    • Igor
      October 27, 2015

      Glad you like Katarina’s work!..Stay tuned for more!

  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2015

    Bravo!

    • Igor Stanković
      Igor Stanković
      November 16, 2015

      Glad you liked it:)..Keep on reading!

      • Marina Spasojevic
        November 21, 2015

        Prelepo.
        Kreativno.
        Katarinini radovi su puni vedrine i razdraganosti.

  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2015

    Amazing ♡♡♡

  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2015

    There is no word to describe Kate’s work!!!Kate You simple the best. Love U !!!! 🙂

  • jasna
    November 15, 2015

    Bravooo:-)

  • Jelena
    November 15, 2015

    Čarobno! <3

  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2015

    Prelepo!
    Razigramo!

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2015

    Hi YouGor
    just to be repaired
    ,,I realized that there is all kinds of different ways…“
    there is – there are
    than erase this comment please…

    • Igor Stanković
      Igor Stanković
      November 16, 2015

      Greetings,

      and thank you for your help. The phrase was corrected:)

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2015

    Carobna Kaca 🙂

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2015

    carobno 🙂

  • Dušan Darijević
    November 16, 2015

    Beatifull

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2015

    bozanstveno 🙂

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2015

    Talentovana umetnica 😊

  • Ana
    November 16, 2015

    Amazing Kaća! Thank you for this article 🙂

  • Branka
    November 16, 2015

    Artist is a very inspiring person that perfectly depicts little things in life.
    Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • VanjaJaksic
    November 16, 2015

    I am lucky to have one of her artworks in my room. Good luck Katarina!

    Srecan sam sto imam jedan od njenih radova u svojoj sobi. Srecno Katarina!

  • MinaJ
    November 16, 2015

    Fantastic! 🙂

  • Jefimija
    November 17, 2015

    catherine has chosen to use her undisputed talent and by creating her own magical world send a mesage to the observer to love the world, and then love himself in the world, The most important spices of her sculptures, paintings and other artforms are Love and posotive energy.

  • Daniela
    November 20, 2015

    Divni radovi, jos divnije Katarine. 🙂 Zadovoljstvo je znati takvu osobu, koja u svakoj figurici, slici ili nekom drugom radu unese osim talenta i emocije. Samo napred, da se siri sto vise pa i neku lepu prodavnicu da otvori, da i nase sobe popunimo sa tim divnim predmetima. 🙂 Veliki pozdrav i poljubac iz Beograda! 🙂 :*

    Unukica. 😉

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