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Katarina Stanojlović

Drawings, animations and other abominations.

My name is Katarina Stanojlović, I am 20 years old and I am currently in the first year at the Faculty of Media and Communications, in the Digital Arts department. I like to play with illustration, animation and a bit with film. My first serious encounter with design and creative work was at Petnica Science Center, at a design seminar, in which I participated throughout high school. With a group from Petnica, I had a chance to exhibit our group projects at Skopje Design week. In the beginning of 2019. I discovered I had leukemia, so I spent the next year mostly in hospital, but I also had a lot of amazing opportunities during that time. My stop-motion animation „Pimples and other ugly things“ was exhibited at dev9t festival, I participated at Kulturforum exhibition, Ilustrofest and PDP conference. Now I am alive, well and studying, and I recently had a chance to solo exhibit at Ulična galerija.

Breathe slower or you might die; 1’00’’

The video was created in response to a faculty assignment for the subject Introduction to Digital Art. The artist’s idea was to use drawings that she mostly did automatically listening to lectures or as a kind of meditation, and turn them into a breathing exercise video. The drawings change quickly at first and then gradually slow down with the music so that every spreading and shrinking of the pattern represents inhaling and exhaling.

Interview

What is the language in common for the young people today?

A language that is closely related to the digital language and all its dialects.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

Trial & error.

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

 The main challenge for me is to be satisfied, and then the people around me.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

 For me, it is a process of transforming feelings, experiences or ideas into work in any medium.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

 Sometimes, with music.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

 Solve a problem in a new way.  

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

 Not really. Maybe I’ll make and decorate cakes, and maybe not.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

 Petnica (Research Station)

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

 Lively and colorful.

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

 I think it empowers me.