In Žica [Wire in Serbian], Ana Kraš plays on the difference of layers and intensities in media. She works with a saturated orange paper and a black felt pen while contrasting these intense features with fine multicolored lines, relaying each other in a parallel form. The shape formed by the line is abstract yet it reminds the eye of a rock, exposed in the sunset, or a wall of wires, imprisoning a figure. It is the contrast between quiet setting and tense layering that creates the dynamic feel that emanates from the drawing.
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 and felt pen on paper
27.5 × 11 inches