At her first exhibition in Split, Ana Elizabet presents a selection of her works created in the period from 2003 to 2014, chosen in order to render clearly visible the current sculptural paradigm, based upon nomadism of media and materials, methods of appropriation and pervading of aesthetics with patterns typical for visual communication in developed consumer society. Although the result of her work is a perfectly formed and executed three dimensional object (even when photography is her medium of choice), the very essence of the art work is not depleted within the artefact, but instead it is formed through the interaction within a pair or series of sculptures as well as in their communication with the environment and, above all, social context in which they were created. Even the pieces from her most recent series, at first glance utterly aesthetic objects, provoke pondering about the narrative in the background. These flawless white sculptures are made out of the cardboard formed so that it, contrary to its primary purpose of protective coating for mass produce, spontaneously and sinuously grows into elastic, organic forms that could, within the context of the artist's artistic practice until now, be interpreted as a metaphor or belief that freedom from or at least within the consumer society is, after all, possible. The same message is even more obvious in her previous works: clouds that, in order to express her personal thoughts, were set free from the two-dimensional space of comic books, photographs of the freedom of celestial infinity, executed on light-boxes initially devised for marketing and in neon lights, curved into the marketing typography while expressing notions intended for personal awakening.
(Branko Franceschi, curator)
Ana Elizabet (1969) graduated sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, in 1998. She has been exhibiting since 1998 at x solo and collective exhibitions. She received the Theodor Körner Foundation Prize (1998) and Meisterschulpreis (1988). She lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.