• Irena Podvorac

    “Aaaaaa, what the fuck!`

    “Irena in the time of the Corona”

    “This is the end of the world as I know it!”


    In the self-portrait, I want to show that my outward appearance has not changed during the Coronavirus crises. I am trying to find a way to express a strong and deep emotion that pervades me through my drawings. Those feelings are the sadness, fear and horror of debt slavery in the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “Irena in the time of the Corona”   drawing   felt pen & ink on paper  25 x 35cm
    In my mind I keep playing refrain from REM "This is the end of the world as we know it". I see a dark world defined by a pandemic and its impact on the artist. For this drawing I chose to interpret artist Vincent from Kastav "Dead Dance" 1474. from Beram, and instead of a worker, I drew me, an artist, as skeletons lead me into financial ruin.
    “This is the end of the world as I know it!” drawing  felt pen & ink on paper  25 x 35cm
    “Aaaaaa, what the fuck!" is a self-portrait that leans on Munch "Scream " and shows my face while the reflection of my consciousness constantly screams out of powerlessness.
    “Aaaaaa, What the fuck!”  drawing  felt pen & ink on paper  25 x 35cm


    Irena Podvorac was born in Zagreb in 1977. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2000 with a sculpture major, having been taught by M. Ujević, K. Bošnjak, S. Drinković M. Blažević, and D. Mataušić. In 1999 she spent a term at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (taught by J. Nestor, L. LaRosh, D. Hedman). Since 1998 she has taken part in many individual and group exhibitions in the country and abroad and has created several sculptures that are displayed in public spaces. She has won several prizes and awards for her work. In 2006 a TV-exhibition named 'Skica za portret' was filmed about her work featuring cats for National TV. She is a member of the Croatian art associations HDLU and HZSU. She is a freelance artist who lives and works in Samobor.