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Mateja Kavčič: FORREST PLAYGROUND
Ivan Grohar Gallery, 8.10.2015

In her latest project Forrest Plaxground, Mateja Kavčič continues her ongoing exploration of nature and its fundamental laws. She is interested in the logic and consequence of the way in which her system of cyclic exchange of the four seasons operates that defines our living space. This has led her basic, classical pictorial thinking with the concept of spatial, site-specific installations in the authentic natural environment since her earliest works ("Gallery", Tivoli Park, 1997). Her artistic statements, intermedia as well as classical ones, are thus conceived primarily as interventions. She frequently encroaches upon the indoor gallery space with various projections ("Flora and Fauna", Nova Gorica City Gallery, 2012) and classical drawing ("Forrest Spirit", Krško Gallery, 2014), Thereby loosening and redefining it. The outside space, especially the forrest, on the other hand, represents an observatory and at the same time a unique art studio for her many land-art projects.

Forrest Playground is conceived specifically for the space of the Ivan Grohar Gallery and is a conceptual and an interactive platform simultaneously. This is the artist's very personal reflection of experiencing the structure of our common environment, which is particularly reflected in her systematic, yet very subtle recording of impressions and images from nature, as well as the documentation of her interventions into natural settings, By doing so, she preserves their memory and also discusses the significance of being aware of their transience. She then leaves it up to the viewer to further activate the work. To this end, she has devised a wooden puzzle where "her" images can be put together/apart in any desired sequence within its modular system by the viewer, whereas her animated booklet or flip book allows us to revive the "trapped/frozen" bygone scenes through the sense of touch. In such a way, we can propel time forwards or stop it, turn it back or to the future. With this approach, the artist brings to the set-up the necessary element of processuality that actually gives meaning to the basic story of her projects. It offers the possibility of manipulation so that we can influence the course of events within the embrace of the artistic installation, which would not be possible in real time and space. This is therefore an artistic statement, which is the one hand exposes the vanitas, the way it "ruthlessly" leaves a trail on the ground and everything that springs from it, and on the other hand elucidates the author's romantic flight in the face of the "ravages of time". The free path of imagination offered to us by the artist consequently leads us to reflect upon and seek answers to many of our own questions about the course of constant change, which is the only constant fixture of our existence.

(Barbara Sterle Vurnik, from the exhibition catalogue)



MATEJA KAVČIČ, born in 1970 in Novo Mesto, spent her childhood in Brestanica. After completing her studies at the Secondary School of Design and Photography 1989, she enrolled in the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where she graduated in 1994, also attending a postgraduate specialist study in Painting a year later. In 2007 she gained Pedagogy and Andgragogy certification from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. She has been working as a self-employed artist accredited by the Ministry of Culture since 1995. Her work focuses on the fields of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation and land art. She also takes part in restoration projects and leads creative workshops for children.She has lived and worked in Škofja Loka for 13 years. 




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