My work portrays how technology moulds our perception of time, nature and oneself. I've been painting ever since my first mural materialised on the living room wall of my parents house in the mid '80s. Now, in a continuation of over a decade of digital design work in the tech sector, I aim to convey a visual sensory overload born out of technoculture. With a variety of artistic influences such as Laura Owens and Petra Cortright, my paint application mimics a graphic software one, layering web-inspired grids and gradients in anachronistic layers, achieving a visual interference on the painting surface.
Following the trail of Hito Steyerl and Legacy Russel’s writing, I celebrate the glitch as an agent of resistance to the machine and a signifier of human-likeness in technology. The glitch gently commands our attention, and wakes us up. As digital distortions compromise the materiality of canvas, I invite the viewer into such a waking opportunity.
Đurđica Selec, or Djuro is a digital designer and fine artist. Her work reflects on the surreal quality of contemporary tech-infused life through an intercultural lens, which she explores through paint, embroidery and digital work. Hailing originally from Croatia, she divides her time between her studio in Andalusia, Spain and London, UK where she is graduating from BFA at the Art Academy London.
"Selec has a system using grids to spray paint through, shifting them slightly to recreate the glitch we see on a screen. The breakup of the surface of the paint echoes the pixelating as the grid replicates the matrix of transistors and capacitors, allowing or blocking the colours to show. Ghosting the shapes and colours produces a recognisable fleeting moment on a screen captured on canvas. Not Responding (Beachball) is an all too familiar icon whirling annoyingly in todays virtual world. Selec’s image suggests a portal through the beachball shape, but frustratingly it looks the same world beyond."
~ Karen Parker, Intersilient