Sculpture was made in 3 days using only natural materials found on the island. It is located in a central part of the main stage. Idea was to present it as a tree like totem, with two faced wise entity, Both faces are spewing snakes, symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality and healing or in general a symbol of eternity and continual cycle of life. The upper part of the sculpture or a canape of the tree was made by Tamara Delic. She used colorful stretch canvases to create a beautiful geometric pattern.
Sirmium was one of the most significant city’s in Roman Empire. Ten Roman emperors were born in this city or in its surroundings and another eight lived here. Remains of Sirmium stand on the site of the modern-day Sremska Mitrovica, my hometown.
Puzzle illustration is portraying a feast at the palace in a humorous way. Common people at the time had a very simple diet, consisting of porridge, bread, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Nobility at the palace on the other hand enjoyed all the rare animals and plants from every corner of the empire. This illustration is showing extravagant lifestyle of rich and powerful in ancient times, underlined with boredom and self aggrandizing, two biggest concerns of the nobility.
My depiction of mythical creature from a short story “Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft
Bauk is a mythical creature from Serbian Mythology. The name Bauk comes from onomatopoeia BAU! (a Serbian sound similar to BOO!), used to scare somebody. This story presents it as a creature that hides in dark and abandoned places. Bauk is a stealthy stalker with glowing eyes, it will grab, carry, and devour it’s pray. It’s usually portrayed as a fierce predator but is easily scared by noise and bright light. This story was used to scare disobedient and restless kids.
In Slavic mythology Svarog is the sun and fire god. He is represented as divine smith, patron of passionate people that have the ‘fire of the heart’ and of blacksmiths. It was believed that he him self forged the sun and gave it to his son Dazhbog to carry it across the sky. The root word ‘svar’ means bright, Sanskrit word ‘svarga’ means sky or heaven and in Indo-Aryan “svar” means the sun. He is identified with Hephaestus in ancient Greek religion who was also a god of blacksmithing, crafting, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Ancient Slavs use to swear to Svarog when making a promise or concluding a deal. Usage of his name was respected more then the names of other gods, for Slavs Svarog was a symbol of order.
Vast cultural wealth of folklore in my region was always a great source of inspiration. Myths and legends were passed trough generations feeding imagination of people and they kept evolving and growing with their roots in Slavic and Greek mythology. Vampire (Vampir) was the first Serbian word that got in the global vocabulary. This myth was originated in Serbia centuries ago and spread trough the world inspiring many writers, artists and movie makers. In my illustrative series I’ll try to portray and revive those less known myths. https://danijelmatanic.com/slavic-myths/
New Unity Vibration label art.