This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Ljubica Denkovic.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
For me, it’s important to follow trends, but I am also abhorred by their distortion. We live in the time of sterile aesthetics, uniform beauty, plastic surgeries, computers, high tech, and countless other options to modify our bodies. Through photographs, I overstate all those available possibilities for corporal transformation. We long for change from the outside, unaware how much our emotional states disturb our physical bodies. The bottled and supressed emotions make us ill.
In a series of surreal photographs, I show the devastating effect of emotions on the body. It results in distorted bodies, bodies with jointed parts, bodies that have three legs, four arms, headless or two-headed bodies, bodies with runaway or broken faces… Disturbing bodies but with a surprising harmony. Despite the dislocation and obvious displacement of parts, everything on those bodies is proportional and graceful. There are no abnormalities, because photography just reveals the body as a physical expression of the emotions: pain, sadness, hopelessness… all the natural states which the mirror cannot reflect. Sorrow is not just a sad face, it decapitates.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
To give it all.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
Redhead, 2018, Photography printed on alubond, 100 x 120 cm
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
Produce a short movie.
She Is a Work of Art, 2017
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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(Image at top: My Flesh, 2017, Photograph)