I was hurtling along on a train from Manchester to Nottingham waiting on a text to see if an old friend was going to make it to meet me at the World Event Young Artist where she was exhibiting. We’d had a good time in the past then a falling out and now we were making a hash of trying to get the friendship back on track. An hour later I knew she was going to be a no-show. At the venue I had a heavy heart and couldn’t see her work clearly, then a picture called Secret on the opposite wall with a bright blue eye poking out of it caught my attention and WHOOSH! art did that thing that it does best – it helps make sense of our emotions, allowing new personal truths and a chance to be a better person perhaps?
I was moved. A few hours later I put a call out on the blog:
It’s difficult to find anything about this young artist whose work I recently stumbled into at the 2012 World Event in Nottingham. A quick ging-gang-google reveals that she was born (1989), lives and works in Podgorica, Montenegro, a country squished in-between Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her homeland has a beautiful coastline onto the Adriatic Sea that gives the place its main economy – tourism – until the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s in neighbouring countries crippled that industry. Perhaps this is why her airy colourful images belie content with a much blacker heart. Who knows? Not me. I’m just guessing. Snezana get in touch so I don’t have to keep babbling on about the place where you come from instead of what’s going on with you.
To be continued…
A couple of months later in November an email landed in my inbox:
I just see your text about my work which you seen in Notingham on World Event Young Artist Festival. Thank you for publication so much
Best regards, Snezana
Since then a trail of emails have kept us in contact while this talented 23-year-old graphic designer, illustrator, drawer and painter graduated last month from Faculty of Fine Arts, Podgorica, Montenegro, picking up a bagful of best student awards and scholarships on the way.
Currently working in a publishing house, she uses a wide range of mix media materials such as gouache, ink, watercolor, pens and collage in her extensive portfolio but it is drawing and painting that are her first love as demonstrated in the deeply moving fine art pictures she creates.
Last week she took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few quick questions:
What are the significant moments that have brought you to be the person you are today?
I am not sure in existence of those moments; in fact, I think that person is born as is. While the good or bad moments are those which “force” you to choose direction and they actually participate in building of a person’s character. We are all different characters, so for each of us these moments isn’t same. In fact every moments which touch us, actually influence in building us.
Tell me about your art, one thing, one picture or a story that sums up your practice?
Our emotional states, how they effect on our lives and our bodies, and the way they can lead us is the core topic of my artworks. I prefer sensible souls and their states of mind and emotions. Sensible souls are those which feel and experience much more of other souls.
Anything you want to say?
Works which I have created in last two years talk about very sensible souls, and how their divine emotions enlightens their souls, but in same time that strong emotion can kill their bodies. In working and thinking process in one moment I asked myself:
What would happen if these two souls met each other?
How to build a relationship between them?
Would they be in love and how would their souls and bodies behaved in that case?
With this question I continue my work based on topic “Two Souls”, I have created a lot of works on this theme, but “Two Souls” aren’t done for me, I am still working on it…
And the Secret picture can you tell me a bit more about that?
His secret is fear of the world. The world where his body and soul existing produced deep in him a beautiful and difficult emotions…so his arms want to protect him of that strong feelings, but in same time his eye still want to feel because emotion is the only thing that makes you alive.
To see more of Snezana Pupovic’s work please visit her online portfolio where you can hire her skills and buy her work.
Check out the rest of the 999 artists from around the globe selected for the cultural olympiad World Event Young Artist 2012.
Go on holiday to Montenegro and visit the beautiful coastline kissed by the Adriatic Sea.
Nikki Wordsmith flumps around the city in a big wooly hat looking for new and exciting people and places and things to write about.