Ivona Biocic Mandic


    • Female
    • Sculptor


    About the artist

    Was born on 4th of November 1970 in Split. She completed The School of AppliedArts and Design in Split as a carver designer. She studied on Academy of Fine Artsin Sarajevo in class of Alija Kucukalic and she was forced to cease it due to war inBosnia and Herzegovina. She proceeded her studies on Academy of Fine Arts inZagreb in class of Stipe Sikirica.In the year 2008/2009 she enrolled in sculpture PhD with theses theme “A Fine Art in Perception of Blind Persons” under the mentorship of Prof. Perusko Bogdanic, and academic sculptor mentor for theory Dr.sc Misko Suvakovic. She explores tactile perception since 1992. Her sculptures and paintings can be found in private collections in Croatia and abroad, in certain galleries and in public spaces. Nine of her tactile stone sculptures are placed in Su?uraj, Split, Zagreb, and Jakovlje. She prepared ten solo exhibitions and participated in around fifty group exhibitions. Apart from sculpture, she is occupied with and painting, and design. She also makes performances, installations, video, film (documentary and experimental) and experimental photography. She is currently employed in Elementary School “Josip Strossmayer” in Zagreb as an art teacher.

    REDEFINITION OF SCULPTURE AND SPACE, 2013.                                                   The sculpture has become steel drawing, ready-made. Trough redefinition the space becomes the ambience.Ambiences induce new questions and provide answers. „Ambiences are not only determined just by visual prevalence which is the primary, but also defined by tactility, scent, sound, equally as the multiannual concept; „ My work is completed only when it is faced to an audience, which will complete it throughout its active perception and reception.“ The exhibition A fine art in perception of blind persons is experimentally trying, trough readymade things and objects, to redefine sculpture, space and encourage associations and feelings. Readymade objects have become a part of the ambience and although they have been selected to be like details from sketches, they are primary in function of exploring different textures and structures, and are getting a form of artistic elements of composition. Floor and wall luminous room installations, created by pointing of different colors beams within the ambient, are redefining space and dematerialize the ambience itself. Due to absence of figuratively, geometrical abstraction initiates alternate reading of ambiental compositions. Visual-tactile reasoning gets its meaning. Carefully selected designer perfumes are placed “bared” without its custom designed bottles into ambience. They are invisible, dispersed in the air, or they get different visual and tactile identity. They become perfumed rope-installations, perfumed wall, they can be smelled and touched. Chosen perfume becomes a part of my identity, blind or non-blind persons with eye bandage can recognize me through my voice or scent. Perfumes act as invisible guides to blind or non-blind persons with eye bandage. By means of hearing recipients can determine source of sound and perceive Alan Bjelinski’s musical composition“Bon Voyage”. The Bon Voyage object, made of string and styrofoam, with its round shaped closed volume is dominating the space, which is redefined by luminous accents and music. New experiences occurre during the active perceptual researching process. Audience explores tactile ambiental installations, by moving they enter into areal relations and with its perception of sight,touch, hear and smell actively participates, completes and generates ambiences. Ambiences are concepted for combined audience of blind and non-blind persons which by means of exploration during movement across ambiences, gain new aesthetic experiences, self-confidence and critical conscience. Integration becomes visible.



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