Izabela Mašić (1994) completed her bachelor’s studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in the class of prof. Bosiljka Zirojević Lečić, majoring in painting in 2017. She completed her master’s studies at the same faculty in 2019. under the mentorship of prof. Goran Despotovski. Since 2014, she has actively exhibited at over forty group exhibitions in the country and abroad and has had eleven solo exhibitions. She is the winner of the "Palette of Youth" award at the Youth Poetry Festival in Vrbas and participated in the residency program of the Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg, Austria. She has been a member of SULUV since 2018. and Šok cooperative since 2020. Izabela has participated in projects of international cooperation closely related to culture and art, such as "Stop city 240 hours" (Serbia, France), "Intercultural icebreakers" - culture without borders (Serbia, Kosovo), Magic Carpets "Occupazioni, il dialogo perenne" - Dialogues in motion (Serbia, Italy) and others. In the period of time from 2018. until 2019. she has participated in the realisation of about 550 events of cultural or artistic content (management and production) in the cultural station Svilara as a member of the team of European capital of culture Novi Sad 2022. After this, she has been active as a gallerist for the NGO Art organisation Šok cooperative. Currently, she is employed at „ILBE studios“ as a storyboard artist. Aside, she is very engaged in the field of fine arts as a local coordinator and curator in the international Art project „Mysterious“ by the Danube-Swabian central museum in Ulm (Germany) and as a local coordinator and Art director in the Art project „Materia prima“ in cooperation with the association of fine Art „ArtTension“ (Austria).
Continuous research and personality review are crucial to the development of each individual. In this process of perception, a person is obliged to go through a phase of denial and difficulties in accepting reality. The escape from reality, which later on influences the confrontation with it and how this process is manifesting in a psychophysical sense, is the subject of this artistic research. The images represent the visualization of these observations and the first degree of re-examination, which is denial. People are emotional beings and all problems and unpleasant situations, whether they are serious or benign, leave some trace on the human psyche. During the development of humanity, people have imposed a system that does not sufficiently evaluate the inner world and emotions. People are free and responsible for their own development and growth. I think, it is necessary for each individual to examine himself, even if this revealing of traits can be painful and unpleasant. From birth, humans are open and indefinite beings, and that is why, throughout our lives, we must be shaped by learning and conscious development. In this case, we are not only beings who are most susceptible to shaping than others on earth, but also the most unstable and least predictable beings. These instabilities and uncertainties, characteristic of humans, stimulate desire and an attempt to find something that represents the nucleus in man. Due to the fact that among the attitudes of people in different cultures, there can be established differences, it is even more important to understand these differences, the "negative", not only to understand others but also to understand ourselves. The beauty of life is this interweaving of emotions, positive and negative, and therefore these negative ones should not be treated as a necessary evil and a curse, but be accepted and prized, for without them "good" wouldn’t make any sense. In romanticism appears this consciousness, which is forgotten by modern man, it is the awareness of the need to care for our inner state and the tendency to re-enter into harmony with nature, namely, the awareness that the negative is part of the positive and positive part of the negative.