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Unfamiliar Area | Pika Terpin: Cancer

29 October 2022 > 29 November 2022 Kindly invited to the mini online exhibition "Unfamiliar Area" by Pika Terpin "Cancer", curated by Nina Baznik.

The illustration Cancer is an image of a strange creature in an empty imaginary space. The face is without eyeballs, the body is sinuous and drawn from tree roots. The illustrated character is half plant and half of known human origin. Multiple rows of teeth and gums make the illustration human, whereas the roots, background and colours indicate the plant part of the illustration.

The work of Pika Terpin is a drawn realisation when the unconscious transforms into the conscious. The unconscious is subconscious and inaccessible to the individual in real time. Over time, difficult and unpleasant findings are modelled in the brain into clear thoughts that can be terrifying, unbearable or unpleasant for the individual's daily existence. The unconscious in the Cancer illustration is not dreamy or pleasant, but rather genuinely painful and strange.

Nina Baznik


Pika Terpin is currently studying illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALOU) in Ljubljana. In 2019, she participated in the exhibition of ALOU students in collaboration with the Academy of Arts and Culture, the exhibition of ALOU students' posters in Mergenthaler Street Gallery of the Leyer House, a solo exhibition at the Idrija Psychiatric Hospital, the exhibition of ALOU students at the Slovene National Theatre Drama in Ljubljana and the 9th biennial of the artists of the municipality of Idrija. In 2021, she participated in a joint exhibition of illustrations by students of ALUO in Novo mesto and the Italian Institute of Culture in Ljubljana, as well as an exhibition of former students and teachers of the Jurij Vega high school in the Nikolaj Pirnat Exhibition Hall. In 2022, she had a solo exhibition as part of the Deuje babe festival and an exhibition of ALUO students at Vodnikova Domačija.

Cancer, mixed media, 21 cm x 29,7 cm, 2019



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Curator: Nina Baznik
Proof-reading (Slovene language): Inge Pangos
Translation (to English language): Ana Makuc
Financial support: Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City Council Ljubljana - Department for Culture