Masks: The Curtain is So Thick, but You Can See the North Star
Written by: Slavojka Akrapovič
Photos: Jana Špendl, Tomaž Črnej
”Iva speaks of the real world through the prism of fantasy. When she comes across a fact, state, event, object or shape in the external world that sparks her interest, she responds with attention and artistic finesse. In her dynamic exhibition, full of corporeity and details that are rarely random, she features metaphorical and symbolic content, shapes, and signs in a dreamlike or fairy-tale disguise to speak of current events; she does this in a relaxed manner, while still maintaining tension” (Irena Čerčnik, the exhibition Masks, 2017; Zavod Celeia Celje, Center sodobnih umetnosti).
Iva Tratnik (born 1980 in Celje) received her master’s degree at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design in 2012. She uses various types of media, most often painting, drawing, photography, installations, and performance. She works independently or joins ad-hoc artist collectives.