Surrealistic Paintings of Ivana Živić

The act of swimming, as the sole form of movement through the space of a painting, imposes a strong experience of forgotten, sunken space or even space of a dream.

The water is not painted – its fluid and the atmosphere of underwater reality create and expand the swimmers themselves. The ease and freedom of the movement of their bodies is contrary to the experience of incarceration and loneliness of the painted space. The rooms of water suggest soaking, sinking and drowning, but searching as well. Dislocation of the individual into the submerged, lonely world of urban living refers to reconsideration of life choices, relationships and environments.

The presence of water with its multiple symbolic meanings emphasizes magical and surreal atmosphere of the paintings. Water is the first form of matter, the liquid of life. In religions of the world it is an indispensable part of the rituals and prayers. By soaking and immersing water washes away, regenerates and sanctifies. It is attributed with the power of adaptation and persistence; it is a symbol of spirituality, subconscious and inner life.

Room 237, 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Room 237, 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

Children's Room,oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Children’s Room,oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Below The Ceiling That Flake, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm

Below The Ceiling That Flake, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm

Gold Room II, 2015, oil on canvas, 150 x 115 cm

Gold Room II, 2015, oil on canvas, 150 x 115 cm

60 x 80 cm , oil on canvas, 2014

60 x 80 cm , oil on canvas, 2014

Discotheque, 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm

Discotheque, 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm

I'm play death " oil on canvas 150 x 110 cm , Gloart collection

I’m play death ” oil on canvas 150 x 110 cm , Gloart collection