Ulisa Dekaj – “Place of rest”
“Place of rest
In Albanian the word “mriz” translates as “a place of rest under the shade”. In the highlands, I discovered another dimension of it. For the people living there it is something spiritual. It’s a place in nature that one feels connected to, where one feels in sync and at rest. One finds it by becoming aware of it. Everyone has their own tree, the place where the vibration is right with their energy.
I see this “place” as internal as well as external and I explore the act of becoming aware of it in my work. I begin by removing my characters from their original context and placing them in a solitary place. Through meditative and repetitive mark making, I attempt to convey the vibration of this “place” around them. The characters remain in the consciousness of the previous context from which they are removed and coexist with the new surrounding, still unaware of it.”