Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha.

A mask is a false face, another personality, a falsified physical and social image of a person, which seemingly divides it from reality. There has always been a wish to change identity and embrace the freedom it provides. The disguise of a stranger’s face provokes fear of the unknown, awe, and the feeling of supernatural. It indicates mystery, inscrutability and a hint of magic. It originates from the past of mankind as demoniacal prop. Religion always uses a formal change of appearance as a part of believing in a dogma. The shape and appearance of a mask depend on its assigned function. The best known are African and Venetian masks; however, every nook of the world accepts masking as a ritual. In the history of art, masks are a common motif. Wearing a mask encourages people to be bolder than with their own bare face. Diana Drča, the mastermind of the project, shapes facial masks with ceramic technology. In some embodiment , her skillful modeling results in smooth, conventional masks, while the others are designed as magnificent grimaces. They inevitably evoke uneasy connotations. The settings of the masks are various. Some are placed on a web construction, some are hung on the white walls of the gallery. A mask becomes a medium to observe and see there mark-able landscape.

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha #artpeople
Diana Drča inhibits the gallery and the web area, and invites us to take part in her phantasmagorical staging. She builds a setting where we forget about reality and she forms a space to initiate an observer’s thinking process. There is a question of communication. Her works can be used, put on the face. It takes energy, strength to touch and what is most important – a wish and bravery to look through someone else’s eyes. These are actually portraits of ourselves, alienated individuals. The masks are mirror images of our loneliness. Just as we have destroyed nature, we have destroyed communication. It is a choice of each observer to decide what feelings are evoked. He or she experiences the object or the event. After having seen the display, it feels as though we have survived the initiation. The artist experiences this in the studio in one of the implemented stages. Diana can now take a deep breath and smile. It is us who need to go into deep thought.
Diana Drča was born in 1986 in Subotica, Serbia. After finishing primary school, she enrolled in School of Art Bogdan Šuput in Novi Sad to study textile. She changed schools to Chemical-Technical School Lazar Neš ić where she studied to become a tailor. Later she gained the title of a designer. She presented herself to the public in 2003 with her own stylistic projects (Grožnjan, Subotica). For years, she has been in the business of fashion designing and photo shooting with renowned photographers (Arpad Peto, Marcus Fernando, Maja Slavec, Andrea Vekar, Igor Kopilović and makeup artist Natalija Bogdanović). She has organized numerous photographic presentations in newspapers, magazines and exhibitions. In 2006, she attended Fashion Selection in Belgrade with her fashion studio Reddfashion. She is also a painter, which she first revealed to the public in 2008 in Subotica. She was successfully involved in the American fashion scene in 2009 (residence in Show-room, Washington Avenue South Beach, Miami (Florida)). Currently she works in a family gallery Togy in Grožnjan as a third generation successor.

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha #artpeople

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha #artpeople

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha #artpeople

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha #artpeople

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha #artpeople

Ceramic Masks and Dolls | Diana Drcha #artpeople

 

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