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,
images from Katarina Alempijević Facebook