Croatian artist Ana Zanic works in watercolor and ceramics, creating abstract pieces that flow like liquid. It’s no surprise that the name of her show at the Fermilab Art Gallery is Fluidity. Zanic says her work emerges “from a process that is both controlled and accidental.”
She’s shown her work in Croatia and in her adopted home of Illinois since 2000. You can meet Zanic at a free public artist’s reception on July 22, 5-7 p.m. in the Fermilab Art Gallery. Zanic will give a gallery talk on July 27 at noon.
The exhibit runs from July 20-Sept. 16.
For the past 20 years, Zanic’s work has focused on abstract watercolor.
Zanic has exhibited her work in 20 solo and more than 50 group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Her work is in numerous public and private collections.
“For me making art is a search that allows me to explore the formal visual elements, as well as my personal feelings, through an intuitive, spontaneous process,” Zanic says in her artist statement.
“I paint with layers of washes, intermixed with dynamic lines, scribbles and marks of ink drawing,” she says. “There is often a quiet tension between the watercolor’s fluidity, softness and calm, versus the dynamic, rhythm and energy of drawing. My ‘abstracted landscapes’ sometimes evoke thoughts of galaxies and constellations; in them the universe is at once unknown, yet beautiful.”
About her ceramic work, she says, “I am also fascinated with clay as one of the most natural and primal materials. The spontaneous and gestural activity of mark making in these pieces is closely tied to calligraphy, language and symbolic communication.”
The Fermilab Art Gallery is on the second floor of Wilson Hall. It is free and open to the public Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sign in a the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk.