Series of work: Plants

Leaves 1, 2016.
mixed media
103x203 cm

Leaves 2, 2016.
mixed media
103x203 cm

Plants, 2016.
mixed media
variable dimensions

Pumping plants, 2016.
mixed media
33x14x14 cm

From the catalogue “Artificial nature”, Daniel Zec, Museum of Fine Art, Osijek, Croatia

(…) Ludic moments are also manifested through the interactive character of certain other installations and works. The interaction of visitors with the work is partly achieved by passing near the installation, making it become mobile (Leaves 1, Leaves 2, which “grows in vitro, in a sterile laboratory environment with controlled conditions of light and temperature”), or by direct physical contact (Pumping Plants). Interactive feature, participation of the viewers/audience in the work itself, their involvement in the artistic experience, is one of the specific properties of Margareta Lekić’s artistic expression.

As building blocks for the installations Plants and Animals ready-made forms are used: plastic animal figurines, minimally changed by being painted black, and plastic plant leaves (the so-called artificial plants). Avoiding illusionism, through the artist’s intervention (by abolishing coloristic properties and “sterilizing” picturesqueness) they undergo transformation into a simple visual unit – they are reduced to a sign, referring to (imitating) morphological and ontological aspects of the object (segment) of nature that it signifies. (…)


Photos by Marin Topic