ArtID Spotlight – Interview with:

Sasha Jovanovich

Art is the only human activity that has nothing to do with our biological existence so I think art must be the only thing we do that is truly us. I love abstraction in art because you can clearly see that something interesting happens and yet there’s no story. That’s where visual art elevates itself to the level of the music, in my opinion. I’ve done both and both can be done by the application of the same principles. Also, both encourage improvisation which is tremendous fun.
The first step is shaking off any descriptive urges that might be still lingering on from my more realistic work. Creating abstract art is a form of meditation, the mind must be clear of any messages, statements or other devices used in other artforms. I am currently moving towards less abstraction in my digital art but the imperative to avoid storytelling remains.

For me the completed artwork has an almost biological presence. When I sense it in the piece I’m working on, I stop. Sometimes it takes fifteen minutes, sometimes a couple of months.

The proof of the pudding is in eating it. Approach an artwork and if you feel that it feeds your soul, bon appetit. If not, move on – it’s not for you just like bananas are not for cats.
Quantum physics describes the observation of subatomic phenomena as a process that changes both the object of observation and the observer. Artists are the permanent observers, we take in the interaction of shapes, colours, sounds, smells and tastes all the time. That constant stream of data is transformed within us while transforming us at the same time.
As the sun sets, my focus sharpens. When the day is over, I’m home.
Art is also a mirror of humankind’s collective subconsciousness so art history offers an entirely different kind of map then a history of politics of science.
I’ve never seen any sense in creating engaged art as no protest in the form of an artwork made any impact on actual events. Art as a tool of expressing socio-political preferences is for me nothing more than a record of complaint, a historical artefact – but not an agent of change. In some cases, though, the engaged art (mostly folk songs) served as a psychological support for those who fought for changes and as means of sharing attitudes and reactions to events in times before mass communication technology.