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 It is superceded by a large orange circle that intersects with the brown surface thus creating an impression as if a circular part has been cut of the surface.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″
Dara’s latest painting has her return to her well established style of mixing together various elements that do not seamlessly fit together. Over an evenly spread yellow grounding a small formatted foundation in purple and in a more dotted painting style is placed. It seems to exfoliate towards the middle while the background and the arrangement of circles in the center exude a more powerful presence. The colorful patches represent an abstract cluster of stars – by putting them in an artificial environment instead of their natural context the painting assumes a pop-oriented and postmodern sensibility. Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 27,56″ x 27,56″ / 70 cm x 70 cm
Dara’s ventures into the realm of figuration resulted in beautiful, lavish depictions of flowers thus far. This is the first time that she paints an animal and as a motif she chose a swan. With its simplicity and understatement the painting reveals the essence of this unique creature which lies in its majesty, poise, pride, beauty and elegance. The painting is presented in three versions: A photo of the painting itself, a juxtaposition between art and nature and the display in furniture shop in Salzburg.
Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 130 cm / 39,37″ x 51,18″
Dara’s flower paintings just keep getting better and better. Here is another serene and delightful flower portrait with intertwined stems that create spaces filled with different colors which produces the look of a multicolored stained glass window. Tiny burgeons and abstract elements lead up to three huge balloon-like blooms whose dense red color stands in a contrast to the aerial color fields beneath them. These light surfaces are mirrored again by the yellow halo above the bloos that is accompanied by buds whose embrace creates the shape of a heart or the symbol of love.
Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on paper, 70 cm x 100 cm / 27,56″ x 39,37″
The focus of Dara’s current works are flowers and on this particular new painting the bloom has the look of a shapeshifting solar crystal ball that carries all sorts of mysteries and secrets. It looms high above oval multicolored leaves and thin stems that are solidified by streaks of different colors. All these features add up to a magnificent depiction of nature that seems to be part of a splendid fantasy world.
Dara Zindovic (2018): Untitled, acrylic on paper, 21 cm x 73 cm / 8,27″ x 28,74″