Artist is composted (2020-)

The origin of the idea came from the composting process. Everything mother nature gives us is part of herself. It should be appreciated, and used wisely until the end, when it needs to be returned. The name of the work is „Artist is composted”, which is a metaphorical presentation. Throughout my work, I examine with symbolic portrayal the „composting” of the identity and role of the artist in the 21st century. The work was made in the form of a glass object containing materials and food leftovers that I used within 24 hours. Materials used for composting include biodegradable soil / humus, vegetable husks, fruits, straw, coffee sludge. I collect and compost the waste with additional bacterial cellulose material. I take a sample of my saliva with a swab and transfer my bacteria to the pulp, to a healthy culture. The process of composting with bacteria and other wastes of natural materials is combined and a new micro biodiversity is created. With the unity of natural materials and my DNA a new cycle of micro-life is emerging that changes cyclically. From the point of view of interactivity, a 24-hour lasting treatment of the object is necessary. This period of compromising and presentation was created during self-isolation, which lasted for a month, from March to April 2020, during the state of emergency, when the epidemic of COVID-19 occurred World-wide.

The presentation of the organic object titled „Artist is composted” in the Contemporary Gallery of Zrenjanin is in a constant open phase, which is given the specific importance of local biodiversity – the nature of the environment. Due to the situation with the corona virus, the 65th convocation of the art colony Ečka realized a meeting in the form of a one-day boat excursion on the river Bega. The living object will be “fed-dosed” with new micro-lives of Bega during the setting of the exhibition Picture 2020, and the whole work will get a new hybrid content and visual form through the process of nutrition.