Constantly revisiting the evolution of the female body, Ana Kraš explores the complexity of womanhood through the study of a simple figure. The tricolore drawing stands in the middle of the page, stoic on her blue and black core, gaining in fluidity as the eye travels up her back to her head from which two threads lead to a couple dots, as eyes, on the back of her crane. Kraš’ women figures are powerful yet quite vulnerable. It is the complex contrast between solid and soft that is at the origin of Kraš unique depiction style.
In her work, Ana Kraš explores human bodies and relationships through fluid geometric forms. Her drawings reflect her ongoing hybrid interest falling at the crossroad of product design and life drawing. Influenced by Bauhaus aesthetics, she constructs her drawings with a graphic design eye originating from her background in furniture and lighting design. Womanhood, sexuality, and the body in space are central themes she constantly revisits through figurative sketches. Various shapes come out of her imagination creating a linear, precise dictionary of marks. The minimal color palettes at the image of the intimate themes she chooses to depict embrace the design vocabulary she uses to depict the human body.
Ana Kraš, b. 1984 Belgrade, Serbia is an artist based in New York. Her work has been exhibited at Ed Varie, Les Gens Heureux, and at Villa Lena. She has collaborated with fashion designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh as well as Band of Outsiders. She has also shot for Riot of Perfume Magazine and Apartamento Magazine.
Pencil on paper
15 × 12.5 inches framed