my education at the Art Academy, I put a great effort into comprehending
the quality of classical art. This knowledge permitted me to work more
freely. Sculpture as a medium also allows me to present and to deal with
those issues I want to discuss. I have tried to use and to make myself
acquainted with several different materials in order to use my creativity
as well as possible. I wanted to show my innermost feelings through my
sculptures. I narrowed it down to one particular subject: "Icarus'
story". This was also the theme of my graduation show at the Academy
of Fine Arts.
feelings and my attitude towards the world are equally harsh and painful
as in the story about Icarus. He just becomes a formula of an insane human
impulse towards achieving the inaccessible. His fall is only a logical
consequence. This myth is similar to stories from the Bible.
the thousands of years that have passed man has not significantly changed.
I also feel this attitude in my people and my country. I am sure that
my childhood was full of "Icarus".
spent my childhood close to the iron factory, melting old scrap metal
which builds and destroys the world. I have been a few times there lately,
working on my new sculptures.
Among the waste materials I found discarded materials. In some of my works
people will be able to recognise objects which were used in wars still
going on in my country.
order to avoid becoming pathetic I do not use other accessories than wings
- a symbol of failure. I could not present the psychological drama of
the soul better than with a body in motion. Using parts of machines as
elements of the sculptures, geometrical processed masses in combination
with malleable tin symbolising the softness of the body, I bring Icarus
to the here and now.
sculptures give the visual impression of decomposition, so that the intention
can be recognised clearly. In most cases I use metals but also combinations
of materials. When I work on a sculpture, I am part of a process similar
to building wings; I want to remind myself of something from the Icarus
myth. The obligations I have to my society pull me away from my work,
but perhaps thinking about them can bring me back to a new starting point
in my art.
The sculpture exhibition of R. Susic's, a talented young Montenegrinian
sculptor are created in the last decade. R. Susic graduated from the Department
of Visual Arts in Cetinje under the tutorship of professor Pavle Pejovic,
certainly the most merited sculptor in Montenegro over the last 20 years.
Seeing from the point of extremely understandable and simple definition,
the art of sculpturing is historically a system and practice of three-dimensional
Up to modern and post-modern art, sculpture like every other activity determined
by conventions and by history, is determined by internal logic and rules.
However, modern and post-modern sculpture is a multi-expressive and complex
process which happens through tension, opposition and development of different
The key for understanding the art of Susic lies in a heterogeneous, modernized
conception, not intended to replicate experiences of traditional, classical
European mimetic sculptures as they were created from antiquity to the end
of the 19th century.
It is easy to notice his belonging to figural art.
In a typological sense Susic's sculptures don't belong to the art of a realistic
replication of a real model. They have the characteristics of symbolic -
allegorical art with a basic goal, to demonstrate concrete or imagined situations
His suggestive sculptures demonstrate a wish to express the artist's internal
psychological and spiritual state lending them a sphere of figural expression.
In order to do so he uses discarded metal - litter.
The ready-made discarded parts of obsolete machines and tools are skilfully
shaped into planned three-dimensional forms.
A critical analysis of Susic's sculptures offer energy of expression, symbolic
and allegorical messages and a sincere dedication.
He is recognized not only as a young, serious artist - but is needed in
the whole visual art and culture of the country he comes from.
Academy of Visual Arts, Cetinje
need to tell the truth is the only counterpart to banality, and banality
is immoral. It is equally immoral whether it stems from ignorance or from
cowardice. Banality from ignorance gives uniformity, destroys human thought,
and by its all-consuming character - produces only waste. Banality based
on cowardice becomes lies. People who are used to banality often stop
questioning the truth.
Forgetting that art does not exist - the artist only exist - art is accepted
with a capital 'A'. The original link between people and art has been
severed. In the quiet, consistent and devoted artists' lives we find the
glue which would perhaps have the capacity to restore the parts of a smashed
mosaic. Such hope is visible in Susic's work. He not only lets his works
boast his craftsmanship. He also plays with different materials, infusing
them with new sense and life. This is done with such ease and confidence
that we almost forget their former use and function. His sculptures come
to life from discarded man-made objects and take on an aura which denotes
their former usage. They become relevant. His works come to life to express
what he intended them to: language.
Well-educated, curious, with a child's joy he plays with everything his
hand touches. This playfulness is liberated through his knowledge of materials,
linked with his sensitive temper. We want to take part in his creative
process, to feel the delight of creation.
Professor, Academy of Cetinje
Susic has reached creative maturity. The serious experiences are behind
him: personal, exploring and creative on one side, and the experience
of the facts of history and what happened with our art practice on the
The iconographical basis of his sculptures is rather simple and undetermined
in a range between the figural, associative and the abstract.
Symbiosis of the concrete and the abstract and balancing art's elements
are sculpture- making's essence. Susic shapes the sculpture from found
metal parts by welding.
His use of readymade objects have rich aesthetic potential. Some sculptures
are even close to the art of painting (of informed).
Susic works with waste iron, transforming it into sculptures in which
the metal has lost all its previous features. By these inadequate means,
the artist forces himself to search for new inventive solutions. His sculptures
are linked in a strong, stable form of unusual shapes, necessary movements
and the need to move and transform.
The structure of the surface is rough and somewhat rustic.
His creative work is the skill of spirit and hands, his sculptures are
from seen things.
Department of Visual Arts Cetinje