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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bosnian Artist Sending Postcards from Mars

Zehrina Karić in front of her cycle of fifteen paintings entitled “Postcards from Mars”. Credit: Zehrina Karić

Someday it may be something usual to get a postcard from Mars. But now we have to use our imagination. Bosnian artist inspired by the Red Planet does it very well. Her art is a tremendous way of showing live messages from other planet, with a widely seen cosmic influence in every paintbrush stroke she makes. The cycle of fifteen paintings entitled “Postcards from Mars” depicts our neighboring planet in a brand new artistic way. “The Red Planet has attracted my attention thanks to its perfection, harmony and as a symbol of something inscrutable” Zehrina Karić told astrowatch.net. “Perfection of form and shape.”

Born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zehrina from her early age showed an affinity for art, so her education focused in that direction. She graduated from Fine Arts Academy in Sarajevo, scooping many prestigious awards and prizes like University of Sarajevo award for the artwork “Assemblage”, or second prizes: in the "Poster of Sarajevo" contest, organized by the French Association of Viva la Talent, and in the drawing competition "70 years of Liberation."

“Tolstoi said that ‘the artist is a person who can draw and paint everything.’ I am convinced that this statement is true by engaging myself in the adventure of painting the cosmic landscapes.” Zehrina reveals. “Perfection of the universe is one of the mysteries that has aroused interest of the developed civilizations, because people have always raised their heads to the sky and wondered what was above.”

Thanks to Zehrina’s interest in painting, photography and space, she does raise her head up high, thinking about cosmic perfection. Mars is the perfection, but it’s also full of essential questions and concerns. Is there life on the Red Planet? To ask that kind of question, Zehrina used various art techniques combined in the cycle “Postcards from Mars”. “Unity is particularly desirable in today's so popular, combined techniques. Unification technique should focus on research to establish visual and technical unity.” She explains. “Combining pulp, sand and paint I achieve the desired effects.”

“Postcard from Mars VIII” 2013. combine technique: recycled paper, sand, colours; section 1m. Credit: Zehrina Karić.
“Postcard from Mars VIII” 2013. combine technique: recycled paper, sand, colours; section 1m. Credit: Zehrina Karić.

Showing Mars as an artistic work can be truly like sending a postcard from there. The planet exposes its beauty and makes you think of it as a masterpiece of a skillful sculptor, and postcards allow you to see much more. “Postcards are specific, representing the essence and soul of the place.” says Zehrina.

In the era of thousands of NASA Mars images sent by Curiosity or other rovers, receiving a piece of ‘Martian’ art is like a breath of fresh air and something that could spark real curiosity about the Red Planet. Let’s hope someday that curiosity will make as capable of sending a real postcard from Mars.

To see all Zehrina’s works visit:

7 comments:

  1. Compliments Zehrina and much success in your new ventures in astro-images!

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    1. Thank you! :) Now you can check my page and my new cycle of paintings... :)

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    2. Such talented and skilled artist,we need them more like this in world :)

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  2. That's so inspiring,your imagination is beautiful as you Zehrina ! Well Done!

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