Lada Dedić is a slow art practitioner who utilises the intricate, almost surgical process of repetitive stitching to document the passage of time while exploring themes of medical anthropology, meditative contemplation and the interplay of science and art.
She employs techniques and materials which unsettle dominant narratives around traditional mediums. Her ritualistic practice takes time, it is meditative, methodical and rhythmic which supports an ongoing investigation of the discipline required to remain in the moment while performing an act of endurance where every stitch is purposeful and calculated.
Lada was born in Melbourne to parents who immigrated to Australia as political refugees. Their work as journalists left an imprint which she believes was the catalyst for her lifelong interest in the human mind and the impact of life experiences on the psyche.
On completion of a Fine Art Degree at Monash University, Lada went on to study an intensive course in Anatomy at the University of NSW, School of Medical Sciences where she was given the opportunity to sketch and work with human cadavers including the human brain. Later, her contemplative practice led her to study Tibetan Buddhism.
Lada works from Square One Studios and is represented by .M Contemporary in Sydney.
Specialities: Slow-art, sci-art, neuro-art, contemplative embroidery 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)