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Studio Visit - Nevia Pavletic

Studio Visit - Nevia Pavletic

Studio Visit - Nevia Pavletic

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Studio Visit

Nevia Pavletic

Step inside the home studio of Nevia Pavletic. Since 2015, Pavletic has created work in this space to quietly cultivate her artistic language. Read on to explore further.

 

Q.

What is your creation process like? How are you conceptualizing and thinking about each of these pieces?

A.

My process is very intuitive. I don’t sketch or plan things out beforehand. I usually begin with a certain shape that calls to me, and then build the rest of the drawing around this initial shape. The semi-circle or “fan” shape has been a recurring symbol in my work. I am not quite sure what it means, but it just feels concordant with me for some reason. Sometimes it takes some experimenting to get the colors and composition just right. I know that a drawing is done when it feels balanced and harmonious. When I get stuck, I take a break from the drawing--sometimes for a few hours, sometimes for a few days--and then return to it when I have an insight regarding how to proceed.

Q.

Tell us about this body of work launching on Tappan.

A.

These are works on paper that I completed in 2016 and 2017, using oil pastels and colored pencils. They are abstractions of my feelings and emotions regarding impermanence, the passing of time, and the mysteriousness of existence.

Q.

Describe your work in three words...

A.

Organic, Harmonious, Intuitive

Q.

What’s your philosophy on life?

A.

I have so many! My partner and I joke that I am a part-time philosopher. But if I had to choose one philosophy to live by, it would be to live compassionately. Be compassionate towards yourself and to others. And especially practice compassion towards those who are the most difficult to feel compassion for (e.g., people who are unpleasant, unkind, or just overall just difficult).

Nevia Pavletic
Nevia Pavletic in studio

Nevia Pavletic says:

“I KNOW THAT A DRAWING IS DONE WHEN IT FEELS BALANCED AND HARMONIOUS.”

Nevia Pavletic
Nevia Pavletic

Q.

Can you identify and describe a person or event that changed your life?

A.

About eight years ago, there was a moment when I realized that everything is impermanent, that everything and everyone I know will one day no longer exist. I had always known this to be true on an intellectual/rational level. However, in that moment I really felt it to be true with my whole body. It is difficult for me to describe the sensation. It was a moment of profound clarity and insight that I cannot put into words. This experience took me on an intellectual journey through Buddhism, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology. Eventually, it led me to art; the experience continues to guide my practice and nearly every other aspect of my life.

Q.

What's one thing you still have from your childhood?

A.

A piano. We shipped it to the States over 20 years ago from our first apartment in Zagreb. It reminds me of my first home.

Q.

How has Washington D.C. influenced your practice?

A.

It has influenced me in an unusual way. I do not feel fully at home here, so being here has inspired feelings of yearning and nostalgia for my birth country, Croatia. The passing of time, impermanence, and loss are central themes of my work.

Nevia Pavletic

Q.

When was the first time a work of art affected you? What was it?

A.

I own a folkloric ink drawing of a couple embracing that I bought from an artist in Barcelona when I was 23. This work is very special to me, since it is the first artwork that I ever bought, and it also reminds me of the time I spent chatting with the artist and admiring his studio. I think it was the first time that I realized that I needed to pursue art.

Q.

What would be in your ideal art collection?

A.

I would love to have a collection of outsider art, naive art, and children’s art. Some of my favorite artists at the moment are Anna Zemankova, Hilma af Klint, Davood Koochaki, and Salim Karami. I would love to own some of their pieces.

Q.

Other than the genre you work in; what other types of art do you most enjoy?

A.

Outsider art, naive art, children’s art, primitive art.

Q.

What makes you nervous?

A.

Starting a new drawing. I am always afraid that I will mess up!




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