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Short Sighted by Alma Sarac

Short Sighted

Alma Sarac

Sitter

Alma Sarac

Medium

Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions

101 x 101 cm

Representation

19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

Category

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists

About the artwork and sitter

This is a self-portrait. The artist has experienced short-sightedness since she was a young child, and although her vision continues to deteriorate, it has never affected her art, thanks to glasses.

“This symbiotic relationship became a norm for me, but I wondered what my current perspective would look like in my art practice. This portrait is the first time I have attempted to paint myself without my glasses, just pure naked blurry vision. Everything was out of focus, changing the way I approached painting. I found this process a cathartic reflection of my present whilst challenging my past and how I think about the future.”

About the artist

Besides Brisbane, Alma Sarac has lived in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe where she had solo and group exhibitions, and has been selected as a finalist in a number of competitions. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo, with the equivalent of Honours degree in 1991. Alma loves to use combination of modern and classical painting techniques to create a visual diary of the world around her.

“This portrait is the first time I have attempted to paint myself without my glasses, just pure naked blurry vision. Everything was out of focus, changing the way I approached painting. I found this process a cathartic reflection of my present whilst challenging my past and how I think about the future.”