Croatian artist Džedaj (Jedy), recently did an open studio week in his hometown of Rijeka, which he rounded up by creating a DIY mural nearby. Featuring his illustrative style, he painted an image that celebrates the French composer Erik Satie, his timeless music and his legacy.
Along with being one of the central figures of the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde, a pioneer of minimalism, surrealism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd, Satie was a also respected and published writer and a thinker. It was his theory that inertia is one of the chief properties of music, that inspired Džedaj to create a mural that celebrates but also criticizes this state. On affirmative level he wanted to celebrate Satie’s ability to create a true work of art by composing repetitive, lethargic music, but also criticize it as a state of mind that prevents creativity and progress. Using only 5 different colors and his vintage-feel line work, he painted a well composed image that includes the architectural elements of a structure he was working on. Matching the tones used with the greenish oxidized copper roof of the building, the finished work is stepping out of it’s frame and entering the wider space of the surrounding, adding to the retro-psychedelic feel of it.