Katarina Marinic is a visual artist whose personal practice is rooted in the constructed and manipulated image. She creates representations of the human body as a means to explore fictional realities and the ever shifting boundary between the real and virtual. Her projects utilize appropriated and original photography, 2D/3D animation, installation, and projection. She received an MFA (2019) and a BFA with a Major in Photography (2017) from NSCAD University. Growing up in the greater Toronto area, she initially studied Applied Photography (2005) at Sheridan College in Ontario and has worked for many years as a photo retoucher in the commercial industry. Katarina currently resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
What if the digital version of the self becomes the only way to convey who you are? Traditionally, online personas have served as an escape, a way to express another aspect of who you are. Both real and constructed, this online identity is projected out into the world. In response to Covid’s role in isolating us and limiting social contact, it has become even more crucial to turn to digital devices to keep us connected and informed. The new self that has emerged remains in a state of continual transition, extending the boundaries of the physical body into a place where the space between the real and the virtual continue to collide. Constantly mediated by the screen, these digital animations express the scattered and multidimensional characteristics of the digital world. These altered representations of the human body are meant to inspire reflection, adaptation, and conversation about human experiences in the online world.
The process of these looped digital animations involves appropriating imagery from online searches and printed publications. Starting with printed images on paper, the photomontages are roughly assembled in physical form and then translated to digital through a flatbed scanner. The still images enter the computer where they undergo a process of animation using a variety of movements to convey the fluctuating nature of existence through colour and form.