and then so clear
Nevena Aleksovski is an artist who carves expressive fragments of human bodies, plants and objects into a multifaceted visual language. Within the minimalist, purified artistic expression, she explores ways of expressing as much as possible with as few means as possible, with each individual element becoming a depot of strong emotions and various interpretations. The reduction of elements is also a kind of personal restraint against the information oversaturation of the visual landscape and expresses the need for rest and contemplation. Through the prism of personal, intimate experiences, Nevena reveals social phenomena, while filling the intersection between the two worlds with humour, irony, melancholy, anxiety and alienation. The “And then so clear” exhibition consists of drawings and paintings, mostly created at home during the quarantine period. The artist’s stroll across the field of alienation during isolation points to the question on how to further alienate an already alienated person, how important the human touch is and what happens in its absence, and how to touch someone despite the distance. Aesthetic responses consist of alternating and complementing abstract and figurative elements, sometimes accompanied by coloured clippings. Simple or simplified images are often playful and humorous, presenting comfort or appearing as a type of rebellion and subversion. The artist balances seriousness by thinking about everyday paradoxes, absurdities and relationships that are formed as a result, such as admiring the awakening of nature during springtime and while being exposed to annoying pollen allergies, enjoying a cigarette and then feeling unwell immediately after, a feeling of freedom during isolation and anxiety that comes with loneliness. With her relaxed approach, the artist tells us a never-before-revealed story, part of which is a wall intervention and her note, which gives us a consolatory pat on the shoulder: easy does it.