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


Combining two key elements; drawing and installation, BOUND explores the experience of psychological self-repression and the concept of a dark inner self, our internalized inner critic. Referencing Rorschach’s ink blots, the work gives this unpleasant companion multiple 'faces' and places us in confrontation with it directly. The audience is challenged to ask whether we can or should ever be free of its company.

BOUND draws from my own experiences grappling with the dark places of the psyche, and in part is composed of images drawn from my body, my hands. However, I wish to speak to a broader human experience; that of being a prisoner attempting to free yourself from your own mind.

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.

The chair appears to be placed on the wall specifically for the audience, in which case, so too are the Rorschach masks. As the masks become a psychologists diagnosis, so too the chair becomes a psychologists chair. Unwitting and perhaps unwilling, the audience becomes the subject of the psychoanalysis.

                                                                                                                                            Tatjana Este, 2017



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