Cloud is a mixture of calcite and pigment derived from the Japanese oyster (Gofun Shirayuki). This pigment has been used for centuries in Japan for painting, make-up and in bleaching wood sculptures. Four hundred years ago, the Japanese Emperor banned toxic white lead that was invented in Europe and used in theatre. Subsequently, the use of non-toxic white pigment derived from shells became widespread. The white powder was blown on the actors as make-up.
Calcite, which is mixed into the clouds with a white pigment of Japanese shells is commonly found in bottom sediments of caves where it forms stalactites. Here, the artist’s device, with a muffled bang, projects the white pigment in front of a black wall. The wall is covered with the mixture of soot and other black pigments creating a rich black texture, thus enabling a strong contrast with the white projectile. The Cloud piece evolved from the artist’s long-term exploration of the historical ways to create pigment for painting. For instance, Vujičić imported dried female lice in order to create the color crimson, a Native American tradition, and the indigo plant from India for blue paint. After this investigative process, the artist realized several projects with the pigments he made. In the Garden project, he dyed different flowers with those pigments. Alchemic Polyptych was a deconstruction of the iconographic value of different colors in the Ghent altar. And the Cloud is the latest project in the series ascetically reduced to black/white. The attempt to create “a 3D painting” of a natural phenomenon in the gallery space.
production: KONTEJNER (DIY_ARTLAB)