Nataša Vuković

The Diamond
oil and epoxy on canvas, 200 ×140 cm

Painting The Diamond is part of the author’s cycle of paintings called Distortions II. The name of the cycle indicates that there is an element of distortion, distortion of the image, changing of the original one and deconstruction of the reality present in the paintings. Painting The Diamond shows dense green leaves. Although the author strives for a mimetic depiction of lush green vegetation, she simultaneously introduces the element of distorting and (de)constructing the same reality by applying epoxy resin to individual parts of the painting. Those parts coated with a layer of epoxy resin have a characteristic of mirroring, so everything that surrounds the painting is reflected on the surface of the painting – the space, the lighting, but also the reflection of ourselves. In this way, constant changes of reflections occur in the painting, and the uniqueness of the painting, which is further damaged by the form of the polyptych, is destroyed.
Marija Generalić

Nataša Vuković was born in Osijek in 1986. In 2008 she finished undergraduate studies at Academy of Arts in Osijek. In 2012, she received an MA degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She had several solo and group exhibitions, including 32nd youth salon, Erste fragments 10, 24th Slavonian biennale, Exporting Zagreb in National Museum Gdansk.