“Quadrato I”, 2007, digital print on photographic paper, 15 x 21 cm
Photo exhibition at B5 Art::Arch Studio, Torino, Italy
Katarina Balunova is a Slovakian artist that lives in Turin. She completed her Master in Belle Arti at the University of Kosice, with a specialization in contemporary painting. The central theme for Katarina Balunova is the place as a certain area of the world. The inspiration starts from the city, a place built by Man inside Nature, a place that seems to be built against the city itself.
Nature and its geometries seem to be opposite and yet they live together inside the works by Balunova. A pure geometry is an abstraction and it is motivated by the desire to represent Nature in a simplified way.
Simplification do exists even in the photographies by the artist and it is well recognizable in the series: Cerchio, Quadrato and Triangolo where the artist plays with geometrical shapes by relating them with different meanings.
The same shape is repeated and guides us from an “inside” to an “outside” and vice versa using the invisible paths followed by the artist. The works by Balunova allows us to move virtually in each direction: home, city and nature and she signals and guides us towards the path she desires.
The inner space of a house or building let us stop for a minute and then we are plunged into the city or nature. The latter joins the game and breaks the geometrical lines in order to resume its own shape. It is the perennial struggle for balance between nature and civilisation.