The Moment My Thoughts Became Bloody, 2009-2015, sculptural composition, photos: Vera Stanković
Vera Stanković presents a suggestive clay frieze, a sharp line, a field with sitting figurines. The dark bodies assume different forms, expressively enhanced by suggestive hand gestures and deformed postures. The small clay figurines, people assuming different movements and postures, are frozen thoughts, flashes of memoriy, recorded perceptions that reflect an inner life through the arrangement of figurines. The series of sculptures has been titled The Moment My Thoughts Became Bloody. The title and the sculptures foreground aggressiveness, blood (some figurines have red-died body parts) and suffering of the present day individuals. Either public (war, war crimes, reality shows, commercials, various visual and verbal media), or intimately personal (interpersonal relationships) the aggressiveness is easy detectable. The sculptor adresses the issue of reaction to different type of agressiveness. “Can one remain insensitive to present day reality?” Although agressiveness cannot be stemmed, changed, we can draw due attention to it. As an artist, Stanković is reacting by drawing visual attention, by presenting an exhibition and her personal creative system, oriented towards critical observation and intense engagement.