BOUND - A New Exhibition by Tatjana Este at Gallery Reflektor in Uzice, Serbia, August 2017


Combining two key elements; drawing and installation, Bound investigates notions of psychological repression and the shadow self – our internal critic. Referencing Rorschach’s ink blots, the work gives this unpleasant companion multiple 'faces' and places us in a direct confrontation with them.

Bound draws from Este's personal experiences and in part is composed of mirrored, ink drawings derived from images of the artist's ribbon bound hands.

By using the potential of art as both social and personal therapeutic methodology for exploring psychological states, Bound aims to speak to a broader human experience; that of feeling entrapped by, and attempting to escape or at least understand the confines of one’s individual consciousness.

There are things that bind us, hold us back and yet are still an integral part of who we are. At what cost do we surrender our darkness?



Bound is structurally and aesthetically designed so that the audience must enter the installation as though becoming an actor in a stark, high-contrast theatre.

The tense relationship between the black chair with its black fabric ties and the black and white images on the ‘mask wall’ forms the main subject of the work.

As the masks become a psychologists diagnosis, so too the chair becomes a psychologists chair. Unwitting and perhaps unwilling, the audience itself becomes the subject of analysis.




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