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“The Quarantine Diary,” “Broken Dreams,” “The Fifth Element,” and the fourth virtual exhibition we are presenting today – “Woman” by Mimoza Studenica from Pristina. As the title of the exhibition says, the key element which pervades her artworks is the motive of a woman – an everyday woman, strong, impressive, represented on canvas with the filigree paper technique.
Geisha, Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, Japanese woman, Mademoiselle, A Lady with a Hat, A Girl from Africa, An Exotic Girl – are just some of Studenica’s works.
Why ‘Woman’ – we asked our interviewee and the graphic designer at the Department for Promotion of Radio Television of Kosovo also.
“A woman is the foundation of society and family,” she responded.
The Pristina artist finds inspiration in everyday life in which a woman is a central figure.
“I am trying to present women from all walks of life,” Studenica pointed out. And she is doing so by using paper, colors, glue, scissors, and canvas.
“The exhibition ‘Woman’ is a great example of how filigree paper can be an extremely useable art material for producing a superior aesthetic feeling,” the director of Aquarius, Miljana Dundjerin wrote in her review.
“Quilling (also known as filigree paper) is an art technique that includes the use of strips of colored paper rolled into different shapes and then glued together on the canvas. The paper is rolled, bent, twisted, and manipulated in order to make shapes that are then glued onto the canvas, forming an artwork. There are many types and shapes of paper strips and the quality of the artwork created with this technique depends on the use and skill while gluing and combining them,” she further explained.
Sometimes, however, the source of inspiration is something else – “the need to make everyday life more colorful and exciting”, she added.
Part of our everyday life was the coronavirus pandemic accompanied by isolation that we are slowly leaving behind. Did she also have the need to make her everyday life more colorful and exciting during the isolation? Did it push her to create more?
“Artists create under different circumstances. While creating, we usually spend time on our own. The things are maybe a bit different in the pandemic but I suppose we immerse ourselves into creating and that is our safe haven,” she concluded.
The exhibition “Woman” is organized in partnership with Private Cultural Centre Aquarius within the “ArtCult” project which is supported by UNMIK.
The series of exhibitions aims to present contemporary creativity of fine artists from different national communities, different generations, and different stylistic and poetic orientations, who live and create in Kosovo and the region.