The main themes in my work are city, utopia, migration, dwelling and how the urban structure affects the individuals and society. I deal with questions of genius loci, personal remembrance and contemplation of the meaning of inhabiting and home. 

I am often inspired by the city and the urban environment, which I see not only as a defined physical space, but also as a psychological projection.

The city is a man-made object that goes beyond the individuals' experience of a building, street, or district. I try to find a new perception to invisible layers of nowadays cities. It is possible to read various stories inside; I try not to represent reality, but to give the city structure a symbolic form that bears different meanings in its simplicity. 

The buildings are not just objects, but artefacts with meaning, or signs dispersed across some larger social text. The architecture has the capacity to articulate in a very specific way the contradictions and ambiguities that modern life confronts us with. In my artworks I use it in a symbolic way to express our existential situation.

House is a typical feature in my works as a symbol of dwelling. The feeling of being protected and of seeking a protective casing is fundamental in human being, so dwelling becomes on one hand a shelter giving peace, while on the other hand it is something that can stop movement, a kind of sentimental cage.  So the house can represent a city-house, a family house and a cage-house.

The structure of cities of nowadays is subject to a strict geometry and it is in perennial expansion. We can see the constant changes in the urban form, pattern and structure. The geometric pattern is a typical feature presents in industrial society. Geometry is a key element to understand social and industrial development in the modern landscape. The use of geometric shapes and structures is becoming the testimony of the industrial society marked by an existential crisis.

Dissatisfaction with the nowadays society and modern city reflects utopian visions offering eventual implementation, possible future.

Utopia, a controversial concept, going from the ideal society through the architecture of the perfect city to the dystopia of the general decline, is based on the idea of "the most inexistent place". In essence, utopia offers a new model of society, remaining generally theoretical. The experience of putting utopia into practice proves a weak, time-limited viability, as it does not take into account many aspects of real life, but has its significance in the experiment as such.

Although the twentieth century offered several negative examples of the realization of utopian ideas by totalitarian politics, I still believe that utopia is needed as a certain alternative to the current situation.

Katarina Balunova, 2014