Marija Zdravkovic

Editor's note

Marija Zdravkovic earned a degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine arts of Belgrade in 2010, where she is currently pursuing her Phd. The artist’s main fascination and subject of artistic research is the structures of nature and the way they change over time.Zdravkovic often ventures out into nature to watch and photograph the landscape, trees, plants, weather, and sky. Back in her studio, she tries to recreate these visits and the sentiments they evoked. Delving into the ‘intermediate space’ between memories and emotions, the images she saw and photographed and the feelings they aroused, she reconstructs the experience on the canvas.Zdravkovic’s artistic practice spans a wide range of media and forms of artistic expression. Constantly searching for the best way to convey her ideas, she does not limit herself to one medium, style, or concept. Ech work she creates draws on her personal past and the knowledge she has gained along the way, but also holds a vision of the future. Whatever form of expression she uses, her main subject is the concept of 'Time'. Some of her works are inspired by the observation of the life cycle of one single flower. Through the act of observation of natural forms, the artist captures changes that take place outside in the natural world as well as changes that happen inside herself during the process of creation.An investigative spirit, perseverance, and patience are essential in her specific way of looking at her subjects. With keen observation she finds a whole new world in the everyday. The artist’s goal is to reach the core of an object and begin to understand its finest details: its structure, material, and texture. Each work she creates is unique and associated with the topography of where the artist is living at that moment. Her more recent works however, are bordering on the imaginary - showing fantastic gardens inspired by individual floral forms that are composed intuitively and freely.Zdravkovic’s aim is to evoke a timeless dimension with her work, an atmosphere of complete absence, peace, and reconnection with nature, in which the viewer can immerse themselves and forget about the material world, at least for a moment.The artist currently lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.