The exhibition is named after the mythological river Styx – the boundary between the earth and the underworld, and the works are created from scenes of the river and rocks, which in a horizontal and vertical rhythm refer to the movement of water and time. At the same time, the expression of stillness, tranquillity and stability of the rock was given. The artist alludes to the dual nature of the world and man, which is opposed in the constancy of time. The scarce, inhospitable, self-sufficient rocks of the Morača canyon are imposed as a starting point-motif for the “Styx” cycle, which inspires awe in the artist. Following the research of matter and spirit, which on this occasion are not mutually exclusive, the artist consistently, through respect for the standards of aesthetics, creates associations with the physical properties of stone, its texture and fullness, bringing to the surface stillness, duration and sublimity. The final result of the entire process of combining matter and spirituality reflects the artist’s feeling for the nature of stone, which has been sharpened to the highest degree of sensitivity.
Jelena Šalinić Terzić was born (1976) in Kraljevo, while she graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade in 2000, in the class of professor Anđelka Bojović. She received her master’s degree in 2003 and her doctorate in 2016 from the same professor. He works as a full professor at the Faculty of Arts and Philology (FILUM) of the University of Kragujevac, at the Department of Applied and Fine Arts. He has been a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia since 2001. She exhibited at 50 solo and over 300 group exhibitions in the country and abroad. The works of Jelena Šalinić Terzić are in museum and private collections, in the country and abroad.