Since I moved from Bosnia to the United States in 1997, displacement as both a verb and a state of mind has been important part of my working processes. The questions of location and placement have become harder to answer, suggesting an existence in between different worlds, cultures, and dialogs. Thus for me, the process of drawing implies recording, diagramming my thinking and language in an attempt to understand the ubiquitous interweaving of past and present, memory and tangible reality.
I am drawn intuitively to the ideas of the uplifting but still fragile energy of a new beginning, a sense of levitation, the transitional moments of becoming and vanishing. The forms and shapes, resembling architectural features of a house, fence as well as stones, sticks, bones and flies, imply transitional moments of growing and developmental processes. Resembling both monumental and microscopic visions, the suggested structures often struggle with their own stability -- it is unclear whether the structures are being built or destroyed.
Lately, I have been thinking of the development of villages as a metaphor for the unstructured, spontaneous, ever-changing, rhizome-like space in which hierarchy and dominance is questioned, a space that spreads unpredictably, where no two objects exist parallel to one another. This idea corresponds to my thinking of drawing as a way of open-ended thinking, discovering and invention.
Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION 2002-2004: MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 1998-2002: BFA, major in painting, minor in printmaking, Myers School of Art, University of Akron, OH 1990-1991: Art School, Sarajevo, Bosnia ?
SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITS 2009 On the Side of an Eye, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA 2008 Slow Reveal, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA 2007 New Work, Gallery at Porter, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA 2006 Houses and New Events, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS 2009 Painting Now, The Butler Institute for American Art, Trumbull, OH Flesh Forward, Spaces gallery, Cleveland, OH 2007 Drawing Invitational, School of Art Galleries, Kent State University, Kent, OH 8 Hour Project, Bowman and Penelec Galleries, Allegheny College, Allegheny, PA 2006 Drawing No Conclusions, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI Village/New Drawing Installation, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR Three-person exhibit Coming Home, Emily Davis Gallery, Myers School of Art, University of Akron, OH 2005 Katrina Show, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA. Drawing, Tradition and Innovation, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA Show Girls, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA. Red, White, Blue, Portfolio Exchange, Southern Graphic Conference, Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. Radius 250, Artspace, Richmond, VA. Group exhibition curated by John Ravenal, curator of modern and contemporary art at Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, VA Double Chin, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY.
GRANTS AND AWARDS 2008 Individual Excellence Award in Visual Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH 2007 First Place, Drawing No Conclusions, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI. Selected by Dominic Molon, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 2004 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA