What inhabits the wild untamed place that is hidden in us?
Painting to me is a deed of melancholic isolation and enables me to go into that hidden place inside. Where a surreal world, suspends time and transfers me into a realm of solitude. An inner place that connects to our nature in a time that is ruled by technological innovation. Don't we all have the need to connect to that wild place inside of us? Where we battle emotions, questions unfold and desires are stored. A place where colors are vivid and nature is abundant. My work visualizes those landscapes and what inhabits me. A contemporary reflection on ancient subjects like plants and animals, telling a very personal tale. The animals in my paintings are like avatars, in it we can all see ourselves, linked to nature as mythic symbols in our yet contemporary life.
Mladen Verlangen (1985) is a visual artist originally from Serbia, but based in the Netherlands. With a master degree in Fine Arts from the academy of Novi Sad Serbia.