Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021

Martina Grlić is one of the brightest artists of a new stream of Croatian realism which focuses on the figurative in art and on the narrative potential of the painting. The methodology of her work includes exploring the political, economic, and social heritage through the deconstruction of politics of memory, image reading, and gender aspect. The method she uses is based on ethnography and autoethnography of everyday life and popular culture as well as the transformation of found imagery into the painting background. Grlić explores the phenomenon of memory and reminiscence focusing on changes that took place, and are still happening in post-socialist society.

The name of Grlić’s solo show comes from the term «hypermnesia» – denoting the type of memory impairment, its pathological amplification, an abnormal condition that may manifest as the retention of a large number of insignificant details in the memory. Hypermnesia usually occurs as a result of affect, hypnosis, or narcosis. Blending fictional elements and images from archival photographs capturing the once-existing reality, Martina Grlić reflects on the memory uncertainty, the elusiveness and ambiguity of memories, and fragility and transience of life.

Hyperbolized everyday objects – festivity attributes, children’s toys, baubles, Christmas decorations – deprived of their usual context, are moved into the realm of the transcendent, symbolic, and surreal. By referring to a world that no longer exists, the artist recreates memories that go beyond any straightforward autobiography – her nostalgic works become a reflection of a public social stance, a set of fantasies, and naive superstitions.

Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Hypermnesia, 2021
Martina Grlić, Best Friends Forever, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 45 х 38 cm / 17.72 x 14.96 in
Best Friends Forever
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
45 х 38 cm / 17.72 x 14.96 in
Martina Grlić, Contemplating Innocence, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm / 25.6 x 21.26 in
Contemplating Innocence
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
65 x 54 cm / 25.6 x 21.26 in
Martina Grlić, Illusion or Reality, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm / 25.6 x 19.7 in
Illusion or Reality
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm / 25.6 x 19.7 in
Martina Grlić, Girl’s Dream, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 195 x 145 cm / 76.77 x 57.1 in
Girl’s Dream
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
195 x 145 cm / 76.77 x 57.1 in
Martina Grlić, Unfulfilled Desire, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 195 x 145 cm / 76.77 x 57.1 in
Unfulfilled Desire
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
195 x 145 cm / 76.77 x 57.1 in
Martina Grlić, The Inevitable Shortness of Existence, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 170 x 140 cm / 67 x 55.1 in
The Inevitable Shortness of Existence
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
170 x 140 cm / 67 x 55.1 in
Martina Grlić, Reminiscence of Life, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm / 23.6 x 19.7 in
Reminiscence of Life
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
60 x 50 cm / 23.6 x 19.7 in
Martina Grlić, Leftovers, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 23.6 x 19.7 inches / 60 x 50 cm
Leftovers
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
23.6 x 19.7 inches / 60 x 50 cm
Martina Grlić, Contemplating Innocence 2, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 65 x 56 cm / 25.6 x 22.1 in
Contemplating Innocence 2
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
65 x 56 cm / 25.6 x 22.1 in
Martina Grlić, Fake Gold, Plastic Cherry, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 21.7 x 18.1 inches / 55 x 46 cm
Fake Gold, Plastic Cherry
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
21.7 x 18.1 inches / 55 x 46 cm
Martina Grlić, Love Pills, 2021.
Oil on canvas, 48 x 38 cm / 18.9 x 15 in
Love Pills
Martina Grlić
2021
Oil on canvas
48 x 38 cm / 18.9 x 15 in
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