Danijela Pičuljan

Nature is my greatest source of inspiration; from there I take organic shapes and form them in clay. I also like people, observing them and their personalities. I am fascinated by the relationship between internal and external reality; that dualism between the outside and the inside, the contents and the form. The “Insides” opus was based on me asking the question: What is “inside” – what can be found within the shining armour? Is there only hollow space, or is there some kind of intriguing contents waiting to be discovered? I break the armour, rush in and present that which is usually unseen to the eye. In the opus “Opening the Whiteness” and “Leafing”, I added raw worsted wool to the clay. This object is my experience of reality… this is meant as a metaphor of our lives. Behind the hard armour in which we place ourselves to separate ourselves from the outside world, there must exist some kind of internal warmth and softness, which I attempt to describe using the combination of the two materials – layers the hard, cold ceramic and the soft, warm wool. Lately, in my sculptures I have also been adding the hollow- to describe feeling of absence.