"Darja Radović Mahečić notes the significance of the blue colour in Branka Ridicki's paintings, describing it as “the blue vault of imagination that symbolizes a journey"."


Iva Koerbler, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                 



IMy work is primarily based in painting, but I include video, photography and found objects in my large-scale installations. In my work, I aim to address and question issues like time and space: the time of life; the sustainability of identity amidst an ever-changing contemporary society. I believe that we can learn from our past, finding wisdom that is still applicable to us today. As part of my study of the concept of space, I focus on symbolic elements in my paintings that represent fragments of urban architecture.
I am in the first place a colourist. The starting point in my art has always been the same: the colour of the sea, the texture of Dalmatian façades, the colour of the sky and the light of the Mediterranean, which are permanently inscribed in my memory. Through my use of colour, I aim to capture the Mediterranean spirit, with its specific landscapes and vegetation, the shade of its sea changing from blue to turquoise depending on the time of day or type of wind. My aesthetic has been further enhanced by my travels, reinforced in the context of multicultural experiences throughout my constant relocations to New York, Cairo, Colombo and Delhi.
I experiment with techniques; I add and subtract acrylic paint with a spatula and, scraping at it, build layers overlapping each other. I transform the structure of the canvas, building solid surfaces like fragments of walls or architectural structures, while adding other materials like paper or glass. I focus on telling a story by building forms out of colours and adding lines and marks with oil pastels.
In recent projects, such as Faces of Town, I use horizontal bands of grey and turquoise or gold and grey to divide the canvas into a landscape. Through a synthesis of architectural typologies, I evoke images from my personal archive, adding streets, squares, passages, houses, palaces, and churches, while the sea and sky are symbolized by the colour blue. I also include language and text in my artworks, employing them as a diaristic and poetic tool. The texts I include are most of all fragments from the poetry of Eugenio Montale. I am drawn to this poet because Montale meticulously observes the little things that surround him, particularly the Mediterranean nature and landscape, while searching for a "word" that can define our existence in the world. The poetry of Montale allows me to compare and contrast how man looked at the world in the past and how we look at it today, exploring how our experiences have changed over time.

                                                                                                     Branka Ridicki