Art by Katija Bogdanic
Size: 65″ x 54″ x 16″
Medium: Insulation foam, caulk, acrylic, vinyl tubing, wire, wifebeaters
Statement: Jutting out from the wall and sculptural in form, the high-relief, anthropomorphic woman embodies a colorful moment of liberation. Wifebeaters pouring out of the unplugged washing machine illustrate that this woman is no longer tolerating, or in this case cleaning up after, coercive behavior.
As a first-generation immigrant, Katija Bogdanic is heavily influenced by her Croatian grandmother’s well-preserved craft traditions and the generational, cultural, and social connections within gender politics and domesticity. Her multimedia work is heavily processed based and experimental. In 2019, she received a BFA in Craft with a concentration in painting from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. After living most of her life in the US, she has returned to her home country and is currently pursuing her MFA in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. www.katijabogdanic.com