May 2009


Ganes Pratt Gallery, Ljubljana


Melodies of hope is an art exhibition that shows more than just painting techniques.


 In the intimate painting cycle Melodies of Hope carrying the name of the whole exhibition, the artist also goes into history, this time deeper, to the ancient mythology. Prometheus livers, which are being pecked in eternity by an eagle as a punishment for stealing the fire, are in Urša's paintings transformed into a heart. Anatomic figure of the heart is melted into a treetop nested by the birds. Despite their beauty, colorful songbirds carry a sinister aura and reveal human pain. In the part of the cycle where brighter colors prevail, the heart is mutilated, wounded or captured in the moment of explosion. As in previous paintings, the artist plays with passing of an abstract stain into an image, limiting the sculpting from the painting.


The transition of the ancient elements into present is complemented by a video which can be comprehended as a dynamic painting stemming from her opus. The projection is captured in a box which also functions as a frame of the image. The box alludes to the one from which Pandora released diseases, difficulties, sorrows and hatred into the world. The captured light with sounds and moves – the choreography and performance was trusted to Leja Jurešič – shows the viewer that which remained captured in another, lost time.




text: Petja Grafenauer

translation: Nina Vidrih



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