We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasna Barisic and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasna, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Art is my inner need, natural and essential. It is the most important factor that has influenced my career, I am true to myself and despite all inevitable difficulties, I never give up and I treat myself and my work honestly. Another important factor is travelling as an endless source of my inspiration and experience. At numerous international exhibitions during my career, I have met various artists with whom I was studying and building myself, and that has made me a truly happy person. Continuous work, research and the authenticity of my work are also very important to my career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my works, I explore themes of the coexistence of man and nature. Nature is my greatest source of ideas and eternal inspiration. In my work, I use discarded paper that I recycle myself, in the process I model it and apply it to wooden panels, creating rich three-dimensional structures. I try to convey the message of the need to respect and protect nature, and I am proud if I succeed.
My career is continuous. I have been actively exhibiting for more than 20 years, I have participated in various group exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States, including the International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence, the exhibition at the United Nations building in New York as part of the project Connecting people, connecting cultures where artists from various countries participated, I was invited by the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Jordan to the Jordan Art Festival in Amman, and I participated in the Art & Science International Festival in Patras, Greece.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Croatia in the old town of Zadar on the Adriatic coast. I visited LA with my friends and since I really like spending time in nature, I like Santa Rosa and San Jacinto state park in the LA area. I took some riding lessons in a group with the instructor and we toured the beautiful desert area and it was quite a unique experience for me. I visited the town of Idyllwild, where people are very cordial and hospitable, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy in a pine forest where studying art is interesting and inspiring. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a lot of people I would like to thank for their support, however, it would be a long list. I would mention my family. I grew up in a very supportive family; my parents respected my wishes which affected my self-esteem. The support of my art teacher in primary school was important to me since she was the one who noticed my talent and encouraged me, and I fell in love with painting at an early age. My friends definitively play a significant role and I would like to point out painters Andre Musa and Branka Ridicki, with whom I have been sharing the same passion for art for many years. On a professional level, I would like to thank Carrie Eldridge, an inspiring and strong young woman who has recognized my work and presents me at the Miami Ato Gallery, of which she is the founder.
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