Lucija Bužančić
Jan 05, 2023

Lucija Bužančić at the Monade Gallery in Jelsa, Island Hvar

I am a Croatian animator and illustrator, author of animated films, with Master’s degree in Art History, Animated Film and New Media (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb). In 2017, I graduated with my film “Process”, and since then, I’ve been trying to live in the world of the independent animated film.

Practice: Animator and illustrator

Areas of interest: Animation, Illustration, Film and New Media

Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets: I only recently found out about the MagiC Carpets platform and I was immediately intrigued by the idea. It is not easy to be a freelance artist in Croatia, and I think it is crucial to change environments and manage new practices in order to improve in your field of creative work. This platform has it all. That’s why I’m happy to be able to participate.

MagiC Carpets project

Hlad // Shade

“These series of illustrations are inspired by the sun and the shadow on the island. Heat waves have always been a part of summer, but now the sun has really become merciless. The rays are burning. We seek protection, any shade, and even when it is from these infamous trees.

Aleppo pine is an invasive species that spreads easily, and we often hear about it as a dangerous villain. Maybe because of age, maybe because of the habit of anthropomorphizing everything, or maybe just because of the heat, I look at the pines and I’m grateful. They are complex, neither positive nor negative.”

Past projects

The blue frames

Type: Illustration

This exhibition is a collection of simple blue illustrations and animations that follow the old fashion tips of Žuža Jelinek, which were published in her book “The Secret of a Well-Dressed Woman” in 1961.

The illustrations, which the author calls “Blue frames”, were made with the idea that they would one day be turned into an animated film.

The quotes that inspired them were designed for the modern woman of the 60s with the aim of explaining to her what is “ugly” and what is “beautiful” in contemporary clothing and behavior. Today, these rules are funny and/or inappropriate, but they call to mind the idea that social circumstances have changed and that some absurd rules have disappeared with them. They also invite us to think about the rules that we blindly follow today, when we persistently want to succumb to the latest trends in different aspects of life.

What inspires you as an artist? I am inspired by everyday situations. What I mostly do, in the form of animation and illustration, are small absurd notes from my surroundings.

What do you think is the purpose of art? The role of art is to move us in the most different ways, to inspire us and give us hope, to sometimes make us sad and remind us why we as a human species are different from other living beings.


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