8 June, 2018
Epeka Gallery, Maribor

You are cordially invited to the jubilee exhibition “Faces” by Dragica Rožmarin – Dada. The exhibition will be on view until 8 June at the Epeka Gallery, Koroška cesta 8.

The text, which was prepared as an opening address, was written by Dr Vojko Pogačar.

Like many Melanesians who went out into the world in the prime of their youthful beauty, Dragica Rozmarin found a home in Olching near Munich. Sociable, curious and very hospitable, she filled her house-gallery and artist’s residence with artists and their exhibitions from all over the world.
The fact that many of the invited artists were from Slovenia and, of course, also from Maribor, probably had an additional favourable influence. For decades, the family environment and the wider Munich environment have been enriched by the association with a wide variety of artists in the house-gallery. At the same time, this extremely varied range of diverse artists, who explained their works first-hand and without special restrictions to interested family members and curious visitors down to the smallest detail, certainly constituted a unique ‘Olching’ school that opened the door to the world of artistic language for Dragica Rožmarin.
I can confirm from my own experience that nowhere have I experienced more open, interesting and curious conversations about creativity around my works than at the Olching exhibition openings, which could last well into the early hours of the morning, without straying from the primary paths of conversations around creative processes.
Dragica Rozmarin, in her house-gallery, artist-in-residence, was in this respect the creative agent of the creative environment and at the same time its most inquisitive student. She consumed the language of art, techniques and philosophy of creation in the most natural way from a multitude of top artists such as Gottfried Helnwein, Waki Zöllner, Josef Lang, Xiaobai Su, Jean-Michel Frouin, Elisabeth Moritz, Ludvik Pandur, Vojko Pogačar, Zvest Apollonio, Jože Šubic, Anka Krašna and a host of other outstanding artists from all over the world and Slovenia. Her versatile commitment should certainly not have been overlooked by her home country and she would certainly have deserved some kind of recognition for promoting both Slovenian artists and Slovenia abroad when the latter was still in its pre-natal convulsions.
And so, after more than a decade of managing the gallery and the artist residency in Olching, Dragica Rožmarin accumulated diverse experience, knowledge and expertise in a number of creative fields and, almost naturally, by an unwritten logic of necessity, had to move from being a curious admirer and organiser to the role of a sovereign art creator. With a multitude of possibilities in the field of art, she chose such a range of artistic means that she was able to use them to develop her own individual artistic language. And Dragica Rožmarin has shaped the language of the storyteller under the umbrella of a still perceptible figurative imagination, underpinned by the emotional symbolism of intense colours, i.e. a direct language of emotions. Within this framework, she describes deeply experienced emotions of love, surrender, hope, defiance, in search of the sparks of a way out, with her own philosophical reflections, and all this with a light vehemence in the broadest possible sweep. Last but not least, Rosemary carries in her surname one of the specific colour opposites: pink and ultramarine, which can also be seen in certain works here.
In the crudest outlines, her narrative artistic vehemence could be compared to the famous Elvira Bach of her time, while in terms of colour she is expressively close to Emil Nolde, Alexei Javljensky, August Macke, Franz Marc and other members of the Der Blaue Reiter group.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Dragica Rozmarin: firstly on her jubilee, and in her role as an exhibitor I would like to congratulate her to the full, while I would like to wish the visitors a lot of quality communication in the spirit of her key syntax: to be happy while making others and the other happy within oneself, and to enjoy this communication with each other!
Dragice Rožmarin’s painting is the fruit of an artistic language that appeals to reflections on the search for the meaning of our non-being, existence, effort, which is realised through the happiness of all our neighbours in communication.


Epeka Gallery, Koroška cesta 8, 2000 Maribor
The exhibition will be open until 8 June 2018.

Epeka Gallery is open every weekday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Outside opening hours by appointment: epeka@epeka.si.