© by Iva Kontic
 

WITHIN

2008-2009 |  triptych

Within is a painting series depicting three different panoramic window views, almost in natural size. In each painting, the cropped dark house interior is juxtaposed to an architectural fragment of an urban landscape. Based on the autobiographical reference, Within is inspired by the artist’s memories related to the context of her hometown Belgrade. The work deals with the interweaving nature of memory seen as a collision of fragments of intimate and collective ‘spatialities’ and ‘objects’ which materialize one’s experience. Using the strong apparent figurative-realism as its formal language to construct images, and the potential simulation of the “real space” through its format, the Within series questions the very possibility of representing a reality which is bound by the past, the local and the personal. Eventually resulting flat and undefined, the paintings’ intent to document and specify ‘there and then’ remains suppressed and concealed in front of the viewer.