Bijanka Bacic (b. 1997) is an Australian artist currently based in London. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the National Art School in Australia in 2018 and subsequently completed her MA Painting from the Royal College of Arts, UK, in 2023.
To rethink the world and seek meaning through a visual language.
Where an inscribed understanding can be accessed through a form of abandonment to the process.
Allured by its forces of rule-making and rule-breaking, order and chaos.
Perhaps then, each thought becomes a gesture and each gesture a thought.
A beautiful paradox.
Paintings of energized lines and forms commingle in sensuous fields of color, enticing the viewer into a surface that plays between the various paths of abstraction; the gesture, the figure and the geometric. It provides a framework for contradiction and limitations to occur, seeking to understand what it means to paint in the act of the abstract.
Bijanka’s current series, ‘We are defending their illusion’, signals a playful response to the Grid- an instrument that has been stretched and pulled apart until only its armature remains. By juxtaposing this new model with other abstractions such as the figure, the grid becomes a disruptive device that enables differences and restrictions to coexist on a single surface. A relationship between adding and obliterating; where a series of mistakes in blindness occurs until a type of light emerges. In this complexity, the linear narrative is tossed into the air. We start to see the before as after, blurring the boundaries of time and perception, as we strive for this sense of freedom or undoing.
Aimed not to create pictures but paintings