Ana Zanic

For me, making art has always been a search that allowed me to explore the formal visual elements, as well as my personal feelings, through an intuitive, spontaneous process. Through abstract form I often investigate questions of memories, past, and origin.


My abstract paintings are executed in a combined media of watercolor and ink. They are built with layers of washes, intermixed with dynamic lines, scribbles and marks of ink drawing, with an emphasis on the mark making. There is often a quiet tension between the watercolor's fluidity, softness and calm, vs. the dynamic, rhythm and energy of drawing. The spontaneous and gestural activity of mark making in my work is closely tied to calligraphy, language and symbolic communication.


My work emerges from a process that is both controlled and accidental. In this I see a metaphor for the duality of life, where certain things can be controlled, while others just happen naturally, on their own.