The Touch as the first form of communication

Life journey starts with touch. It is the human sense which first starts developing in the womb, in the water. Touch is the first form of communication, touch is the first driving force and first encounter with emotions.

Presented paintings are “The Touch” in connection to fire,earth,wind and water. Paintings represent a moment when mother/father touches their newborn trying to guide it in this new world that it came to, while the newborn’s instinct is to symbolically start a life journey… The connection between the three actors mother,child, element (water,earth,wind,fire) through touch make the endless circle. 

Because touch is so simple and so instinctive. For a new life it is the warmest welcome, strongest support and the safest guideline. 

The composition is built in a minimalist way showing a close-up contact. It is reduced to a concrete contact of hands and fingers because they contain extra sensitive receptors that are able to detect even the mildest and gentlest touch.The technique and the media in which the painting is done is also of great significance to the concept: The moment of touch is symbolically done in a realistic drawing technique- drawing as the beginning process of any art form, monochromatic with “no influence of the outside world”. And the elements(water,fire,earth,wind) are presented in an abstract and associative way painted in acrylic and golden leaves. The abstract splashing all over the painting represents a world full of diversity into which the child is stepping in.

About Isidora Ivanovic

In Isidora's art, the figure is not the only symbol, but the whole painting is a symbol, together with the background which spreads out of the physical frame of the painting. Isidora's complete art represents a symbol... Value of her art lies in a masterfully connected matter and spirit, ideas and emotion, facts and fantasies. In her paintings Isidora lives her fairy tale. Is it perhaps also ours? (from the text by Marina Cvetanovic, art historian)