The World of Artuses
The idea of the artistic concept The World of Artuses (Fairies and Elves Artuses) was formed in January 2010 in the Vladimir Nazor Orphanage Home in Karlovac and it was implemented in the spring, summer and autumn 2010. The idea has been based on a photograph which shows the fairies and elves in the natural environment – the fairies and elves are the children from the Vladimir Nazor Orphanage Home in Karlovac who, like the little elves, live without parents. Maybe that very special circumstances empowered them to grasp some wisdom of life earlier than the rest of us. This fact has transformed them into fairies and elves and has made them to grow beyond materialism inherent in human beings. These kids do know that love is the driving force of the universe and that a pure heart is a key to happiness and that sincerity is the best gift you can give your fellow beings. The popular legend says that the world was better place while fairies walked around the world. So these fairies and elves might be our last chance to make the world the better place once again. Iva Lulic is convinced that the world might become much nicer place if people would let this little fairies and elves to teach them life and the way of living. The aim of such photographs is to show the children as beautiful little elves in the settings of Croatian natural beauty. Croatia is a country bursting with beautiful landscapes which are, in author's mind, adequate to spiritual beauty of these children. Her artistic and personal aim is that each and every child get their own original set design and their own landscape in which beauty and imagination rule. Fairies and elves from Karlovac, Croatia have got their specific elvish name Artus.
Children, who are the protagonists of autor's fairytale photographs, are real just like spaces and landscapes that belong to the real world. Firmament, sunsets, shadows and effects are natural. All effects on photographs were created on the spot without use of a computer technology. She subordinated screenwriting and directing to a beauty of particular landscape and to a simple and innocent children's play.
The drama is real; emphasized with light and story which is set in its natural environment - the clean idyll of untouched nature in which small actors become very involved in their own roles. The author seeks her expression in digital photography which she uses as a painting medium. She performs artistic composition in the spirit of tradition of Western art of romanticism and symbolism of the 19th century. The idea and realization of these photos are based on the synthesis of symbolic, magical and spiritual.