I was traveling in France, visiting an older friend after discovering my husband's infidelity. Carol left me alone at her pool to go prepare dinner. When I saw the empty chair next to the pool, I was flooded with metaphoric thoughts. To me, this picture visually mediates the deep rooted feelings of tension, standing between two places of pain and healing.
- Stara Gradiška
In this abstract work i am capturing fragment of melting ice resembling a humanoid form. Dancing with the sound of melting snow and water droplets hitting the ground, creating a calm melody for me and my subject. I observe his movement while it melts on a warm sunlight, and his last dance comes to an end. Music from our surroundings becomes more intense, until he performs his grand finale move where my flash lightens his stage. The music disappears, and he with it.
I transform useless and lost objects into dream landscapes. The invisible and indifferent get a new, exclusive life. For example, worn out and crumpled candy wrappers become abstract sculptural universes - small microcosms - where familiar objects such as suns, moons, ships and mountains are placed so that one can get the impression that they are in the middle of a dance.
In the ongoing series, I work with the tactility of objects. By using crumpled candy wrappers and other casual items, I tease the viewer's senses, so you get the feeling of standing with the glittering cellophane paper in your hand. In this way, I invite the viewer to dream into the playful, abstract landscape.
In my work I reflect the influence of the outside world on the emotional and physical state. Most of my work is self-portraits. My goal is to use photography to convey to people the value of self-research and the importance of maintaining mental health.
Every event, word, emotion affects us, especially bad ones. Over time, they manifest physically. Like black dots that appear on our body, consuming us. A change in our state provokes strong discomfort, which creates a desire to get rid of the darkness inside by any means. But this is impossible, because darkness has become a part of us. All that remains for us is reach agreement with her.
- Caldas da Rainha
"Non-places" / "Urban voids" are empty or abandoned spaces in the city. Its emptyness creates a silence that leads the viewer to notice it and enter a state of contemplation. This spaces are of deep relevance to the urban life. It's our escape from the noise that came with industrialization. It's our freedom from the system, within the system.