Curiosity, Signs and Worlds
The backbone of Branka Ridicki's professional biography are travels. Sometimes these are travels through time, if required by historical topics, but they are always journeys to the faraway places, rich in culture: mythical cities like Delhi, Colombo, New York or Cairo. It is not tourism, it is human geography. In reality, these journeys are simply called moving, transferring, adjustments or experiencing something else and different, with occasional and irregular return to the country of her birth - Croatia. Branka has twin girls. They attended four different schools in four different continents in the first four years of their education (Asia, America, Africa and Europe). To all these environments Branka responded with her art. This lifestyle started in early nineties, when she met her husband, cinematographer and director Daniel Ridicki. The first project they did together was documentary series on history of Christian Missions in Asia entitled Pax Christi, in 1994. Series on position of women in a Muslim society followed (Women of Pakistan, 1995). Branka directed a documentary on Tibetan culture in India (Dharamsala, 2002) and coauthored with her husband a film about Croatian 18th century missionary to South India, Filip Vezdin (Viaggio, 2003), the very film that preceded and nurtured installation project VIAGGIO. The recent documentarty series project she was involved in as a producer was titled The Quest for Sanctity, 2009-2010.
Branka Ridicki graduated History of Art and Italian language and literature, she worked for radio, television and in film, she is skillful in all of the computer medias. She deeply and intensively experiences distant countries and cultures, customs and peoples, and it is that very experience what brought her to painting, which very soon became her primary, albeit not the only media of expression. Branka achieves outstanding authenticity with her vivid color canvases as a manifestation of celebration and excitement. She transforms typical structures of her paintings into facets of transparent shades, thus aligning with abstract art. This is the art of painting of new structures sprung from elements not necessarily acquired from the visual sphere, but are rather artist’s own creation and original abstract formulation. Although at the first sight expressionistic, her interest as a painter are mostly symbolic, since her travels had paramount influence on her artistic development. Her personal expression gradually evolved to the extent of universalism, becoming suitable to talk about the most different sensibilities and cultures.
Darja Radovič Mahečić PhD