'As someone said, the only impossible journey is the one you never begin...' artist ODA JAUNE says about her project 'The Caress' 2018-2019. At first glance, 'The Caress' looks like a classic pietà. But at a closer look, the viewer recognizes two persons of the same age whose mouths flow into one another in a seemingly never-ending kiss. This monumental sculpture 'The Caress' was placed in a variety of places throughout Bulgaria, opening up an intense dialogue between art and nature in the public space.
In the newly published volume Heartland, appearing at Hatje Cantz, Paris-based artist Oda Jaune dedicates a retrospective of her work to the country of her birth, Bulgaria. The accompanying exhibition took place in the National Gallery in Sofia. Besides documenting the monumental sculpture 'The Caress', this extensive illustrated book bound in high-quality linen features a selection of works characterized by complex visual worlds that fluctuate between beauty and disturbance, with bodies dissolving, faceless creatures, mouths wide open, and protrusions.
The National Gallery in Sofia describes her works as follows : “Mindful of detail and proportions, careful of how she changes the scale, applying a photorealistic precision in her creation of individual shapes, the artist engages in a juxtaposition of the elements, a principle that becomes prominent in her mystic visual narrative. Emotional states and images emerging from the subconscious come out of the depths to materialize on the surface into some times horrible, some times entertaining images. The viewer, already feeling like an insider, freely enters the fairy world of fantasies, only to be submerged into a vortex of emotions, feeling alternatively stunned, surprised, rejected, amused, and confused. For this viewer has been entangled in a crossword, a visual enigma whose central part contains the whole truth about the artist's attitude to love and eroticism, to fear and pain.”
Along with works from the early phase of her career, the comprehensive monograph also features new paintings, sculptures, and watercolors, accompanied by essays. Her photos have been on display in more than forty solo and group exhibitions.
Oda Jaune 'Heartland' with contibutions by Johanna Adorjan and Catherine Millet, designed by Anna-Clea Skoluda (English, 176 pages, ISBN 978-3-7757-4608-3).