Nicole Andrijevic
Resident Artists/
15 January - 08 April 2007

Nicole Andrijevic

Artist in Residence | 15 January - 8 April

‘There is no formal difference between play and ritual, so the consecrated spot cannot be formally distinguished from the playground. The arena, the card table, the magic circle. all are, in form and function, playgrounds, i.e. forbidden spots, isolated, hedged round, hallowed, within which special rules obtain. All are temporary worlds within the ordinary world, dedicated to the performance of an act apart.’ Johan Huizinga, the Burning Man Festival website

Inspired by the theme of ‘beyond belief’ from the Burning Man Festival held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, Andrijevic will explore how ordinary spaces and everyday consumer materials can be transformed into objects, sites and events embodying the transcendental and festive qualities of the ‘sacred’. Child-like play doubles as a ritual process for creating her works; sanctified playgrounds and miniaturised fantasy worlds that unite the saccharine coated quality of consumerism with sacred rites and spiritual passage. Andrijevic’s works reach for inspiration from cultures other than her own, combining traditional crafts, consumer goods and spiritual customs found in Japan, India, Eastern Europe and Tibet.

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