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Scatterbrain III

2023

spray paint on canvas

61 x 50 cm

unframed

The Scatterbrain paintings encapsulate the contemporary compulsion to simultaneously navigate our various online realms, profiles, and media. Opening one app inevitably leads to checking another, and while engrossed in the big screen, we feel the incessant need to ensure we're not missing out on something more captivating on the smaller screen. This constant spiral between virtual spaces scatters our attention and dilutes our experience of the present moment. Within this painting, the viewer is invited to illuminate their own inclination to spiral and escape the here and now, by focusing their gaze on the deliberate brushstrokes that unearth layers upon layers of brilliant colour, mirroring the immersive screen experience. The sharp vertical transitions into negative colour formats punctuate the distortion of the imaginary digital space, creating a visual rhythm reminiscent of scrolling through endless content.

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"Djuro’s work at first seems a bright and bold venture into a digital world of computer graphics. But the soft colours hide a harder reality. Under their surface is a different world – a manipulative and seductive place of traps and fault lines, disruptive, dangerous and overwhelming. She is interested in the very contemporary tension between the real and virtual worlds, and how our dependence on ever more powerful technology creates confusion between the two."

~ Leslie Manasseh, Brixton Blog