The transdisciplinarity of the universe and multiverse through perception and combined techniques – An ambient installation of paintings with sculptural elements
Мarina Nikolić – A PhD art project
Мentor: Prof. Мiroslav Lazović, MA, Faculty of Applied Art, Belgrade
Coordinator: Мilica Cukić, MAA Museum Adviser
Оrganizers: the MAA and the FAA
The subject of research in the PhD art project by candidate Marina Nikolić is the combined techniques used to depict the universe from an artistic point of view in 3D. The main starting point of the approach to the theme of the universe opens up the issue of perception and connection between an author and the recipient through communication with the work of art and its effect on our senses. The main hypothesis of the work is the connection and interaction of combined techniques and aspects of the ‘universe of perception’ and ‘perception of the universe’ in the creation of a work of art through the prism of the past, present and future. The transgressive deed of sculptural elements through different segments of the average canvas provides a completely new approach to perceiving an image, while at the same time it plays the role of a carrier of 3D elements and an independent 2D canvas surface. The two canvases are joined, forming a wider angle that symbolically represents viewing angles.
The goal of the research is to create a work that functions as a complex ambient setting. Images of galaxies, constellations, nebulae, as well as structures, reliefs and textures of materials that come out of the frame of the canvas, achieve the effect of three-dimensionality, combined techniques and the technique of inversion. In her art project, by using the painting-sculpture process, transdisciplinarity, as well as an integrative strategy, Marina Nikolić arrived at new knowledge, conducting research outside the scope of the discipline and elaborating the interaction of different research scientific methods.
The project shows the universe and multiverse, discontinued in an instant, in space and time, through colors, contrasts, shapes, structures, reliefs, and material textures by transferring the perception of the whole to the canvas painted with the acrylic technique. By showing one segment, the artist wants to achieve the illusion of an entirety of space, relying on a personal experience that is unique and unrepeatable.
Marina Nikolić’s research can be significant in further analyzes of combined techniques, as an attempt to express a new technique and aesthetics through an authentic approach to painting and sculpture, connecting these disciplines.
Marina has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the country and abroad, working on the conservation and restoration works of paintings and mosaics. She has been the owner and artistic director of the Millennium Gallery for many years, where she organized exhibitions of local and foreign authors, dealing with antiques and running a conservation and restoration studio. Her paintings were part of the permanent exhibition of the Millennium Gallery.