Avet, a Bosnian word meaning “phantom” or “apparition,” (from the Ottoman Turkish آفتâfet) is a collaborative mythology of entities painted by Maja Ruznic and written by Josh Wagner.

Spending time with Maja’s work is like peering into a phantom universe through the wrong end of a spyglass. The deeper you dig in, the further out you go. The paintings are made up of overlapping and sometimes contradictory dimensions coyly seducing their voyeurs into sorting out the affairs of their existence. Discover our secrets, they say.

Just as stories precede their telling, these paintings were created before their words. The writing follows the mode of the painting to suggest an expanse of mystery hiding between the lines. Stories that wriggle with potential for readers to imagine new worlds on their own and for themselves.

With few exceptions, each vignette was made to stand alone. Like most mythological systems, Avet: phantom caravan was not created with any preconception of overarching plot. In other words, we are making it up as we go along. We believe that as we focus on the details a wider narrative will spontaneously emerge. Stranger things have happened.


Frozen Yet Alive
Frozen yet Alive, They Arrived with a Sack of Spirits and a Child Still Breathing