In my art practice I work with issues around displacement, exile, the notion of mobility and transience. My work explores the interdisciplinary format which comprises drawing, sculpture, video and performance. My diverse artistic interests are regularely manifested within an aesthetic parametars of the exhibiting space, in a manner in which it can evoke and convey the main concerns in my work. Those concerns are primarely humanist and political in nature, often examining the results of exile and the side-effects of seeking an effective identity while under the constraints of political and social pressures. My work has been profoundly informed by ny own experience as an emigrant from the Former Yugoslavia, and by desire to speak on behalf of those who share this collective history: the violence of dislocation, the burden of displacement, the energy of exile, the politics of sustaining identity under threat.
Elastic materials which carry with them the inherent quality of being "stretched" are a constant component in my installation, wall drawings, sculptural and performative practice. In this way my work addresses the notion of boundaries and limitations, underlying the need of stretching, reshaping and redefining the roles and confines which are put upon us as a society. By constructing architectural and virtual environments out of 'feminine' materials I aim to create the structures, which are not only flexible, vulnerable and open, but also transitory, impermanent and spiritual in nature. In doing so, I intend to challenge the perception of architecture and constructed environments as embodiment of solidity, power and permanence.
Artist Bio / CV
Vessna Perunovich is Toronto based artist who works in a variety of media including: drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video & performance. She has exhibited widely across Canada, and internationally in Europe, United States ans South America.
Her work was part of Liverpool Biennial Independents (2007) and Trampoline Multi Media Art Festival (2006) in the UK, International VN de Cerveira Art Biennial in Portugal (2007, 2005, and 2003), VI Vrsac Biennial in Serbia (2004), Diaspora at Rialtosantambrogio in Rome Italy (2004), 8th Havana Biennial in Havana Cuba (2003), Second Tirana Biennial in Albania (2003), IV Cetinje Biennial in Montenegro (2002).
In Canada she has shown at the Textile Museum of Canada, Hamilton Art Gallery, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, York Quay Gallery, Cambridge Gallery, A Space Gallery, Hamilton Artists Inc., Gallery Vertical and others. Her touring survey exhibition "Emblems of the Enigma" will travel to a number of public galleries across Canada from 2007 to 2009. Perunovich has been a recepient of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council Grants for visual artists. In 2005 she received the T.F.V.A. ( Toronto Friends of the visual arts) award.