Lada Dedic is a visual artist best known for the intricate cross stitched self-portraits of her own brain. A slow art practitioner, she also constructs hand-knitted objects and has created a number of interactive installations which focus on viewer participation.
Lada was born in Melbourne to parents who immigrated to Australia as political refugees, their work as foreign correspondents left an imprint on her: “Witnessing the best and worst of humanity through a child’s eyes may have been the catalyst for my lifelong interest in the human mind and how life experiences can affect a person.”
On completion of a Fine Arts Degree at Monash University, Lada went on to study an intensive course in Anatomy at the University of NSW, School of Medical Sciences: “I was humbled to have the opportunity to sketch and work with human cadavers including the human brain.”
Lada has been involved in the arts ever since notably working as Artist on Tour with the R.M.I.T/Aurora Electric and Solar Vehicle Racing Team (2001). She completed a residency at the Parramatta Artists Studios (2007-10).
In addition to numerous public exhibitions, Lada has managed two touring exhibitions: ‘The Dalai Lama’s Journey’ (2011) a photographic exhibition and film premiere chronicling the life of The Dalai Lama and ‘LIBERATION’ (2013-14), an exhibition of prisoner artwork and poetry.
Lada works from Square One Studios in Sydney.
Specialities: Slow Art, Sci-art, Neuro-art, Contemplative Cross Stitch and Interactive Installation
“I believe that artists and musicians have a great responsibility to serve or to help humanity… we pay too much attention to material development or the economic side of these things so our potential does not have the chance to develop and grow… I think it is the responsibility of all of humanity, but particularly you musicians and artists, through your own profession to give people hope… so give them hope, we have good potential if we open up our mind, make effort, we have the ability to overcome all these problems and all this suffering. So I think you can utilise your own profession to give the people new ideas and new hope and a sense of personal responsibility.”
– His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama (1995)