In the past two years Dara’s creative work centered around flowers. Instead of depicting them in a multitude as they exist in bushes, shrubs or as they are traditionally shown in still life pictures, she chose to present them in an individualistic way highlighting the specific features of each flower on the different paintings. She also focused less on a naturalistic representation, but rather took the form of the flower as a departure point for an experimentation with the blending of colors. The result are paintings of flowers that seem to originate from a different galaxy. This is no less the case with her most recent work presented in this posting. The flowers on these two paintings look less like plants as they actually occur in nature, but more as distant planets from sci-fi novels. Their partially transparent shape only adds to their dreamy and sensual appeareance.
Dara Zindovic (2018): 2 x Untitled, acrylic on paper, 30 cm x 30 cm / 11,81″ x 11,81″
For this holiday season Dara created the special image of an angel in the shape of a heart that travels through the sky and brings peace, love and safety to the humankind. Dara wishes beautiful festivities to everyone who celebrates Christmas these days and a wonderful time to everyone else.
Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on paper, 30 cm x 30,5 cm / 11,81″ x 12,01″
This painting by Dara both exposes the process of artistic creation and presents a theme in an epic and iconic way. Several layers of different colors are applied on a canvas which is a typical process of creating a foundation on a painting. While in illusionistic art the foundation would cover the whole of the canvas in order to render the production process invisible, in this work the founding layers end briefly before reaching the border of the canvas and strike with their raw, seemingly unprocessed margins. On top of the orange foundation is a brown surface with unven contours that looks like cardboard or a piece of fabric. It is superceded by a large orange circle that intersects with the brown surface thus creating an impression as if a circular part has been cut of the surface. While all these disjointed parts expose the means of artistic expression, the painting aquires a different meaning as soon as one learns that its name is „Africa“. The uneven rectangular brown form then becomes an abstract interpretation of the continent and the circle turns into a large hot sun looming above the dry soil. With this painting Dara created a beautiful hommage to Africa by carving out its essence and beauty. Dara Zindovic: „Africa“ (2002), 150 cm x 130 cm / 59,06“ x 51,81“
Dara continues her artistic exploration of flowers by creating an imaginative reinterpretation of the theme – in front of a sublime background of liquid and tender colors Dara‘s flowers appear in a more evasive shape than ever. The blueprint of this new series looks half plant, half alien with no discernible leaves and two stems that form a helix. Surfaces with different colors are being created each time the stems intersect while the bloom has a chameleon-like surface and is surrounded by a captivating glow. The flower on the second painting has a more conventional structure, but the large flowing leaves on the thin elongated stem seem to hint at what it might have looked like had Dalì decided to paint melting flowers instead of melting clocks.
Dara Zindovic (2018): 2 x Untitled, acrylic on paper, 21 cm × 73 cm / 9,02″ x 27,95″