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Vesna Kolobaric

VESNA KOLOBARIC has a degree in Textiles and Fashion Design from the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb, capital of Croatia, Europe. .

She has been making unique clothes, doing textile painting, patchwork, quilt, hand weaving, digital design and print, experimental techniques, textile sculptures, space and wall objects, makes silver jewelery and jewelery in soldering technique. She exhibits her work at the independent and group exhibitions in galleries, museums and at fashion shows in Croatia, Slovenia, Israel, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and the USA. She has worked for the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek, for a number of years has organized cultural projects in Djakovo, town where she live. Has been awarded on different occasions for her artistic work.

In different cycles of her work she looks into how the psycho-social, economic and ecological influences shape the visual identity of a certain period of time and how the technological and scientific advances affect the use of material in art creation. All this has been expressed in her cycle of work “Panonian Games”, “Waiting for Godot”, “Timeless”, “Frontal Tam-Tam”, “Pillows”, The Smell of Burning” and so on.

Vesna Kolobarić is a member of the textile group of ULUPUH (The Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts), LIKUM (artist association) and HZSU (Croatian Freelance Artists' Association).

FLAPPING is wall relief from my solo exhibition „…about wind, flying and movement!“


From a cycle „FRONTAL TAM-TAM“ a series of works has been developed and upgraded with digital medium. This concept is a new idea and the first presentation of a composition of the sculpture of female's torso in technique papier mache with a photograph processed or created in Photoshop.

Visual art's techniques and topics always correspond with the time in which they are created. Visually, we place them in the time of creation. Our time is the time of transition, of blending tradition and new media, making enquiries about origin and accepting globalization. This is a concept of coupling traditional techniques and digital medium. My creativity is divided in cycles according to topics that are interpenetrated.

In my creative endeavour I give a hint that the starting point of the inspiration is the essence of understanding design as a decorative experience. Afterwards, I depart from the expected and present emotional experiences that I translate with composition, materials, colours and tactility into a work of art of unapplied character. Lace and fabric are always present here to decorate and give sensibility, remind of origin and Slavonian creativity. From tradition to modernity. In surfaces of the sculptures of the torso one can feel inspiration with soil, relief and cracks that occur after draughts. Colloristically and tangibly a climate is sensed that has imbued me that I belong to genetically and emotionally.

Digital medium with brushes follows an emotional state, the experience of wind and movement, the scent of green vegetation, birds flapping with their wings. It is possible to feel the tectonics of materials and correspondence with nature. When the earth has fed us with its fruits, what remains is nature to feel it and to „put it away“ into emotional drawers.

Bodies rest but wish to move. As if they are watching movements around them and get ready for flying. They wish to form a union with wings, to feel wind, flying and movement. The topic has been assimilated from personal life.

Vesna Kolobarić

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