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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Jelena Bulajíc

Jelena Bulajíc, After Vollon, Mound of Butter, 2021–23.

Until Feb 10, 2024
Church Hill, Little Milton, Oxford OX44 7QB, UK

Jelena Bulajíc rose to fame for the hyperrealistic portrait paintings she created with a mixture of marble dust and ground limestone. The unique concoction reflects her unique fixation with the medium. Bulajíc’s latest works continue this tradition in a new form: she’s recreating important historical paintings such as Antoine Vollon’s Mound of Butter (1875–85) and Francisco de Zurbarán’s Agnus Dei (1635–40), but in her monochromatic style. These replications maintain Bulajíc’s reputation as the “mistress of the inquisition.” Analyzing the very meaning of an artist’s control, she both confuses and delights the viewer. —Lucy Horowitz

Photo: © Trevor Good/courtesy of the artist and Albion Barn