Third eye, 2023, Oil on canvas, 77 x 77"
Adelisa Selimbasic's layered, luminous paintings depict an unconventional perception of the body, with distinctly feminine and not objectified sensuality. Selimbasic wants viewers to accept their own bodies as alive, authentic and perfectly normal, with all the cellulite, stretch marks, wide hips and scars. The exaggeration of scale, the subtle distortion of perspective, and the slightly strained poses of the elongated figures recall the Mannerist style of the 16th century High Renaissance, with its emphasis on emotion over naturalistic representation. In Selimbasic’s vivid paintings the bodies are vessels that communicate histories – genetic, communal and lived.