Jelena Bulajić paintings are a tangible act of faith. Faith based on a spectacular technical skill and a fascination with the materiality of paint itself. They are a decision to control and choose her subject matter.
The eliding of the two seemingly parallel worlds of painting and photography in her work is erroneous. Her decision to paint is based on a lengthy process of selection of an image . It is founded on her remarkable technical skill and draws her apart from any random and hopeful photographic practice aligned to a “decisive moment”.
Deliberation, even introspective analytical process drives these paintings. Their remarkable presence is contrived, controlled and consummated in her brilliant technical ability. They fascinate by asking so many questions. Why this subject matter?
Why change the colour and control so absolutely? Why change the scale? Why choose one such detail and not another. They are familiar in their unfamiliarity, they are altered states of much admired images.
Bulajić is not about to answer. She is mistress of the inquisition. We must find the answers for ourselves.
Jelena Bulajić (b. 1990 Vrbas, Serbia) received her BA in Visual Art from the Academy of Arts at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She went on the complete an MA at the City & Guilds of the London Art School and has exhibited internationally in London, Serbia, Germany, the U.S. and Scotland. Accolades include the GAM MA Fine Art Prize, City & Guilds of London Art School (2013), the Niš Art Foundation Award (2013), the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2012), and the Grand Diploma for Drawing, XIV INTERBIFEP (2011), among others. Her works can be found in the collections of The Saatchi Gallery and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Bulajic lives
and works in Belgrade, Serbia.