Milena Usenik produced between 1971 and 1976 exceptional opus of paintings that represents unique hybridity between pop art and op art and stayed mostly overlooked. Pop art in Yugoslavia and East Europe was created in completely different societal, political and social conditions. In a unique way, these works represent a critique of the consumer society and its representation, as well as the thematization of selected political issues such as the Vietnam War, etc. One of the popular methods of pop art was the appropriation of sexualized representations of the female body, which dominated in the imagery of public media. These artists often themselves depicted women as a critique of the dominant mass media approach. Milena Usenik (b. 1934 in Bloke) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where she graduated under prof. Maksim Sedej in 1965 and then under prof. Gabrijel Stupica finished her painting specialisation in 1968. She has presented her works on a number of solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. She lives and works in Logatec and Ljubljana. Her awards and recognitions include a special recognition on an exhibition of Slovenian women fine artists at the Slovenj Gradec Art Pavilion (1973); a recognition at the 1st Biennale of Small-size Paintings Mini prix Lucas ’93 in Bled; and the Grand Prix at the 2nd Biennale of Small-size Paintings Mini prix Lucas ’95 in Ljubljana. Most recently she exhibited at the Ludwig Museum Budapest (Ludwig Goes Pop + East Side Story).
Represented by P74 Gallery