My art speaks of things I have a hard time talking about. As an individual from a war-torn country I delve into the themes of detachment, seeking of true home, lost sense of identity, and pursuit of belonging and reconciliation. These themes are intertwined with narratives of the tensions between light and dark, good and evil, and heavens and earth. I try to address the ephemeral nature of life and our relatively short time occupying the continuum. Be it in my site-specific interventions in the environment, works on paper or fiber work, I attempt to point to transcendental.
Creative process is a continuous conversation between my inner landscape and what the outer landscape offers in return. Travelling inside my thoughts, experiences and feelings, I’m trying to reach territories, some still unclaimed and almost beyond reach. Similar to the land, there are places that are high and low, soft and hard, fluid and rigid, dark and light. By exploring these I’m trying to make connection with my viewer and ask questions, Why are we here? What is beyond? What of pain—can it be transmuted to something beautiful? It’s also an attempt to have an intimate conversation with the viewer, drawing them into my work, while possibly drawing them out.
By making art I give thanks for the talent I’m striving to steward, reciprocating the gift of an opportunity to create. In the end there is a sense of redemption. Idea and feelings are given a physical presence and new life, and so is the artist.
Tatjana Jovancevic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the republics in former Yugoslavia. She came to the United States in 1991 as an exchange student. While she was here the war broke out in her homeland, and she ended up staying to finish her schooling. She currently resides in Chicago.
Art making has been a part of Tatjana’s life as far as she can remember—her father saved her first drawing from when she was two years old. Her main passion remains putting down marks on paper, but throughout the years she crossed over to other media as well.
Tatjana earned a BFA in Visual Communication from Northern Illinois University. Her work spans site-specific interventions, works on paper and fiber projects. Tatjana’s art is influenced by the effects of being an individual from a war-torn country, as well as by her inner reflection and examination. She started exhibiting publicly in 2009 and since then she exhibited locally in a two person show as well as group shows including Woman Made Gallery, Portage ARTspace, Calvin College, and Olivet Nazarene University and internationally at Royal Scottish Academy.