Friday, February 01, 2019

POLAR VORTEX

It has been a seriously cold polar vortex week here in the Chicago area. My family has been couped inside the house, just gazing out the window at the serene and beautiful crisp snowy whiteness, the blue skies, the frost inside our window panes. There is a true beauty in this serene and still, quiet cold.
It brought back sad memories though, of two years ago, when at this same time I visited my home in Croatia twice within a week. I remember it was bitterly cold there. It was, in fact, colder there then it was at that time in Chicago. 
Two years ago on this day, my dear dad passed away. I miss him bitterly, as this cold is bitter.
But I can't shake off the light. So crisp and making everything so clear.
Here is some new work I made lately. Sad and happy at the same time.
 Flutter, 22"x30" 
  Flutter, 22"x30"
 Flutter, 22"x30"
 Origin Cloud, 30"x41"
  Origin Cloud, 30"x41"
  Origin Cloud, 30"x41"
                                                                             Origin Cloud, 30"x41"

Thursday, December 20, 2018

MY YEAR IN REVIEW


Solo exhibition Trail to Arcadia at the Geneva Public Library
Evanston Biennial
Mark Makers, Walker Fine Art, Denver CO


No Barrier to Entry, Gallery 19, Chicago
                                                              
Vistas, Governors State University, University Park, IL

                                                         
Dark Bloom
As the year is coming to a close, I sat down to review my art practice, ideas and inspirations, my studio work, exhibitions, and gallery activity in 2018.
I had a strange gap in my memory reservoir, so I checked my resume, and blog to recall "What was it, really, that I have been doing this whole year ?!!"
I am glad I did (and I strongly recommend to everyone keeping a diary of sorts), as I concluded I had a pretty fulfilling year, and got many good things done.
I have participated in several exhibitions:
No Barrier to Entry, Gallery 19, Chicago, IL
Vistas, Governors State University, University Park, IL
Mark Makers, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
Evanston Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Trail to Arcadia, Geneva Public Library, Geneva IL
Art Around Town Art Fest, St. Charles, IL
I have created several large-scale "scrolls" that I was very eager to make.
I started a new, "Dark Bloom" series, inspired by the memory of my dear dad and basically being about finding the returning light and life even in the saddest depths of one's heart (reminder -always look towards the light! ;-) 
I have wrapped up my Karl's series of 365 9"x12" watercolors for my 3-year-old Karl.
I have worked more with clay, adding many new small-scale pieces to my evergrowing "Gathering" series.
All in all, it was a good year. I hope 2019 will be a good one just as well!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

solo exhibition at the Geneva Public Library
September 2018
Geneva, Illinois




"Trail to Arcadia" is the title of series of paintings I created inspired by the beautiful mountainous area in the Slovenian Alps, after my last visit there, in 2013.



 Visiting the area in 2013, with my family, pictured here with my husband Žarko
The magnificent Soča River
As a child, I used to spend many spring, summer and winter holidays here, with my parents and my sister, in the small town of Bovec, where my parents owned a small condo.
With my mom, when I was 10, Vršič Pass, Julian Alps, Slovenia
The enchantingly beautiful nature of this area; at that time a hidden gem practically unknown to the tourists, made a lasting impression on me, and I have the most wonderful memories of our nature trips and hikes there.

The term "Arcadia" in art history and literature, throughout the centuries, stands as a symbol for a poetic shaped space, with bountiful natural splendor and harmony, uncorrupted by civilization. 



"Arcadia" is also seen as utopian, and therefore unattainable. And although Slovenia, its mountains and rivers, the little town of Bovec and its gorgeous natural beauty are still there, unchanged, and exist in real space and time, in a way, they are lost to me in the shape and time I was able to enjoy their beauty, freely, as a child, with my sister, and with both of my parents.

So, for me, Trail to Arcadia is about a beautiful memory of happy times, and a hint of nostalgia, too,  for the time that cannot be returned.
My older son, Albert, here 3, by the Soča river
I am happy to be able to share this series at the Geneva Public Library. Geneva, IL is now my hometown, where my older son Albert (8) goes to elementary school, and where my younger son, Karl (3) was born. I hope they remember their childhood as fondly as I remember my own. Times and places might be different, but the sense of love and happiness are always ours to create.
With my boys, Albert and Karl, strolling downtown Geneva

Monday, September 03, 2018


This last Friday, August 31st, I had a wonderful time visiting the Evanston Biennial opening reception, with three of my friends; Greta Bell, Rita Grendze and Michele Norman.
 The Biennial was curated by Sergio Gomez, Curator, and Director of Exhibitions, Zhou B Art Center, Aron Packer, Owner and Director, Aron Packer Projects and Therese Quinn, Associate Professor of Art History & Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am honored my work was alongside many artists' works I admire.
After the reception, we went out for some delicious sushi, that was then followed by a downpour of stormy rain on our way back. Truly a night to remember!





Friday, July 20, 2018

An awesome week...

Blush Nebula, 22"x30" watercolor, 2018
What an exciting week this has been! My younger son Karl turned three, my eight-year-old Albert  and I ran our tenth 5k together, Croatia reached it to the very top in the World cup, being the 2nd soccer team in the world (I normally don't follow soccer, but, hey, this is a pretty amazing victory for my small but proud nation), Markel Fine Arts in New York sold four of my watercolor pieces, Walker Fine Art in Denver sold a series of my five "Return to Origin" panels, and my "Blush Nebula" piece just got accepted to this year's Evanston Biennial exhibition. I have to say I'm feeling pretty awesome right now ;-)
 
 Impromptu, 30"x22" watercolor, 2018

 Karl and Albert with their cheering spirit




Saturday, June 23, 2018

I AMerican
Park Forrest, IL
June 15 - July 21st , 2018




“Gathering”, my ceramic installation is part of a group exhibition titled “I AMerican”, curated by Sergio Gomez, with an opening reception tomorrow, Saturday 23rd, 1-3 pm at the Tall Grass Arts Association gallery in Park Forest.
                                                   
About this piece:

“Gathering” is a collection of over hundred small vessels, incised with spontaneous marks and abstract drawings. They were made as contemplative and intimate objects, to be held in the palm of a hand, and are deeply connected with my childhood. All of them were created after I moved to the United States.
The city where I was born, Vinkovci, in Croatia, is rich with archeological findings. It was inhabited since the Neolithic period. Many of the findings are ceramic vessels from the Vučedol culture, one that resided there from 3000-2200 BC. Some date from the times when the city was a Roman municipium (city) and the birthplace of two Roman Emperors, Valentinian I and Valens.
When I was little, down the street from our house an old potter had his shop, and his entire front yard was covered with masterful and simple vessels. I remember, as a child, often watching him work and procuring some clay to play with.
My everyday exposure to these various ceramic objects – the ones I saw in the local museum, as well as the ones from down the street, and even dug up in our own backyard, created in me an awareness of different cultures living there through centuries and even millennia, while all deeply connected with the soil.
Once I had moved to the United States, fifteen years ago, those childhood memories started becoming more vivid and a sense of broken connection with continuity and familiarity arose in me.
For me, the act of creating these small vessels, very primal and intimate, reflects an underlying search for reconstitution of what is familiar and comforting.

About this invitational exhibit, the curator, Sergio Gomez says:

"I AM American Exhibition is not a single perspective on immigration or ethnicity. Instead, using a variety of styles, visual forms, symbols and metaphors, each work provides a wide-angle view of the bi-cultural experience. Some of the artists are first, second or third generation immigrants. Others can trace their heritage back to the Native American Indians.  In that sense, this non-literal exhibition on the American experience provides the viewer with ample room for conversation and personal interpretation. Some works directly approach the theme of identity while others delve on other subjects related to the American experience. Ultimately, this exhibit explores the meaning of being “American”. "