Disrupted explores the potential processes for building an image, especially when it already exists in various form within public memory. In most works, Maljević turns to Velázquez’s famous renderings of Infanta Margaret Theresa, a regularly re-appropriated figure in art history, and follows her instinct “to disturb its finely polished execution”.
Maljević is drawn to the multiple abstractions that make up a naturalistic image and seeks to bring this heightened mode of perception to the fore. For example, while some works highlight shapes found in Margaret’s face and body structure, others take the deep blue of her elaborate gown as their starting point.
Maljević’s playful repetition of geometric shapes is immediately recognizable as her signature language of abstract expression. This unique assemblage of shapes on the canvas can be described as an intuitive extrapolation of an alphabet of symbols which exist in her mind’s eye. Maljević describes her process to be “like alchemy” – an inexplicable meeting of mind and matter.