NATALIJA  MIJATOVIC

Sand and Snow

ABOUT

SAND and SNOW

Internally, I dwell in uninhabited residual landscapes of urban decay and gray facades of soc-realist architecture of Eastern Europe. I remember my previous life as a wintery silence of an empty city, ashes of the burnt home, and snow. General theme of my work is industrial landscape, my recurrent interest in manmade structures and objects defined by the quiet void of human presence. My approach is an amalgam of extracting visual shapes from their logical setting (electric power plants, wiring systems, factory interiors) taken out of the context, yet realistically rendered; and juxtaposing them against flat or sub-spatial backgrounds. The underlying grid system references industrial spaces with a rich history of human activity, alluded to through architectural forms. Multilayered veils of thin glazed surfaces reduce industrial structures to a residual patina that recalls space and time. This creates the idea of traces of human presence felt in the residue of the space’s emptiness. These traces are revealed in the subtle implications of representational imagery like wire, electrical equipment, and wooden beams, and yet they are abstracted so that their presence borders on the surreal. Subtle linear system ties my entire oeuvre together: the structure remains intact beneath the curtain that the viewer navigates, recalling their own experiences and nostalgic inference associated with these now unoccupied industrial spaces and landscapes.

 

NATALIJA MIJATOVIC

PAINTINGS

WORKS ON PAPER

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EDUCATION

 

2000                                       M.F.A. Painting. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

1997                                       B.F.A. Painting and History of Art. University of the Fine Arts, Cetinje, Montenegro, Yugoslavia (Summa Cum Laude).

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2016                                       Sand and Snow, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, NY.

2011                                       Residual Landscape, Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah College of  Art and Design (SCAD), GA.

                                                (in conjunction with the 14th annual SECAC Conference).

2003                                       Space 237, Toledo, OH.

                                                Gallery Haos, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

2002                                       Center for Contemporary Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.

                                                Yugoslav Cultural Center, Paris, France.

1998                                       Art Gallery Sye Ryder in Herceg-Novi, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2016                                      Between Clock and Bed, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT. (forthcoming)

                                                Adaptation: Transforming Representation – Re-Presenting Transformation, Chiasmi: Brown-Harvard Graduate

                                                Student Conference of Italian Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI. (forthcoming)

2015                                       48th Traditional Herceg Novi Winter Salon, Galerija Josip Bepo Benkovic, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

                                                4th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Competition Exhibition, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA.

                                               20 Years of Gallery Chaos,

                                                               Gallery Chaos, Belgrade, Serbia;

                                                               Montenegrin Gallery Miodrag Dado Djuric, Montenegrin National Museum Cetinje, Montenegro.

                                                Imago Mundi, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Italy.

2014                                       Affinities, Dialogues & Divergences: Art Faculty Engage with the Permanent Collection, Binghamton University Art

                                                Museum, NY.

2012                                       Open Studio Night, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.

2011                                       Art in Embassies Program, Embassy of the United States, Belgrade, Serbia.

                                                DeFine Art Festival, Juried Exhibition, SCAD, Savannah, GA.

2010                                       Small Works, Juried Exhibition, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA.

                                                Why Go Anywhere Else,

                                                               Center for Contemporary Art, Montenegro;

                                                               Moderna Galerija, Budva, Montenegro;

                                                               Galerija Josip Bepo Benkovic, Herceg-Novi, Montenegro;

                                                               National Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia;

                                                               O3ONE Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia;

                                                               Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.

                                                Planet Home, Juried Exhibition, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA.

2009                                       Low Country Babylon, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, GA.

2008                                       Invitational Exhibit Artists to the Homeland, Danilovgrad Art Colony Gallery, Montenegro.

                                                Inaugural, Blank Space, Savannah, GA.

2007                                       11th Podgorica Fine Arts Salon Invitational, Center for Contemporary Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.

                                                62nd Invitational Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica.

                                                protectingflatsurfacesfrom, Gallery 1600, Atlanta, GA.

2006                                       61st Invitational Podgorica Fine Arts Salon, Montenegro.

                                               Moderne Kunst Aus Montenegro (Contemporary Montenegrin Art), Invitational Exhibition, Stephansdom,

                                                Vienna, Austria.

2005                                       International Festival of Alternative Cultural Exchange (F.A.C.E.), Belgrade, Novi Sad, Cluj, Bucharest, Plovdiv, Sofia,

                                                Sarajevo, Strasbourg and Eindhoven.

2004                                       WebArt Project, International Digital Art Festival, Montenegro.

                                                59th Traditional Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro.

                                                Cetinje Fine Arts Salon, Plavi Dvorac castle, Cetinje, Montenegro.

2003                                       7th Podgorica Fine Arts Salon, Gallery Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.

                                                50th Venice Biennial, Utopia Station, Italy.

                                                CUE Art Foundation, New York, USA.

                                                36th Winter Fine Art Salon Invitational, Herceg-Novi, Montenegro.

2002                                       6th Podgorica Fine Art Salon, Gallery Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.

2001                                       Mandell Theater, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

                                               Ericson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

                                               International Juried Exhibit, Soho20 Gallery, NYC, NY.

                                                Recent Montenegrin Art, Gratz, Austria;

                                                Contemporary Montenegrin Art,

                                                               Altes Rathaus Gallery, Linz, Austria;

                                                               Cultural Center, Bijelo Polje, Yugoslavia;

                                                               Polimlje Museum, Berane, Yugoslavia;

                                                               Vitomir Srbljanovic Gallery, Pljevlja, Yugoslavia;

                                                               Castle of Nikola I Museum, Niksic, Yugoslavia.

2000                                       Montenegrin Artists in Austrian Parliament, Vienna, Austria.

                                                International Art Auction, Palette’s Gallery, Chicago, IL.

                                                PAFA Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA.

                                                Pogled, Young Montenegrin Artists, Center for Modern Arts, Podgorica, Montenegro.

                                                55th Traditional Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro.

1999                                       Sold Out: Silent Auction, Freeman Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

                                                Self Portraiture through Montenegrin Art History, Museums and Galleries of Podgorica, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.

                                                Voices of the New Century, Art Gallery Haos in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

                                                54th Traditional Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.

1998                                       Traveling Exhibition 2 Triennial of Young Montenegrin Artists, Yugoslavia.

                                                53rd Traditional Exhibition at Gallery of the Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro,

                                                Yugoslavia.

 

 

RESIDENCIES AND STUDY TRAVELS

 

2008                                       Postmodernism or What Modernism Has Become—Symposium,  Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA;

                                                invited panelist.

2003                                       Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.

2002                                       Paris, France.

1997                                       Venice, Italy.

1995                                       Greece.

1992                                       Greece.

 

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

2015                                       Award of the 48th Traditional Herceg Novi Winter Salon, Galerija Josip Bepo Benkovic, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

2012                                       Faculty Excellence Award, Savannah College of Art and Design.

2010                                       Included in the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program.

2009                                       Faculty Excellence Award, Savannah College of Art and Design.

2007                                       Included in the 11th edition of Who’s Who Among American Educators.

2003                                       Travel grant from Government of Montenegro.

                                                Exhibition grant from city of Belgrade, Serbia.

2002                                       Grant from ZAMTES, Montenegro.

2001                                       Represented in the New American Paintings, Open Studios Press (Mid-Atlantic Region).

2000                                       Recipient of the MFA Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

1999                                       Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

1998                                       Annual Grant from the President of Montenegro Mr. Milo Djukanovic.

                                                Annual Scholarship from the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.

                                                Radio and TV of Montenegro, Interviews with the Artist.

1997                                       First Award for the Best Young Talent, given by the Center for Modern Art, Podgorica, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.

                                                First Award as the Best Graduating Student of the University of Montenegro.

1996                                       First Award as the Best Student of the University of Montenegro.

 

 

ACCREDITATION

 

                                                Member of the College Art Association.

                                                Member of the National Council of Arts Administrators

                                                Member of Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro.

                                                Member of the International Federation of Journalists.

                                                Member of St. John of Damascus organization for preserving Orthodox Christian heritage and tradition, sacral art

                                                and music, under the patronage of Patriarchate of Serbian Orthodox Church.

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

                                                Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, PA.

                                                City Museum of Bar, Montenegro.

                                                Montenegro Bank, Podgorica, Montenegro.

                                                Port of Bar, Montenegro.

 

                                                Numerous private collections and galleries.

 

 

PRESS

 

                                                Artwork reproduced, and interviews published in various magazines and newspapers in Yugoslavia, Austria, France

                                                and USA such are:

                                                               Art Crowd, Artension, Dan, Der Standard, Glas Crnogoraca, House Style, Likovni Zivot, Monitor, Most, Nasa

                                                               Borba, New American Paintings, Novosti, Philadelphia Weekly, Pobjeda, Politika, Publika, Vijesti ... TV

                                                               RTCG1, TV RTCG3, TV Elmag, TV IN, RTS, Art Kanal, Studio B, YU Info, Treci Kanal, Studio B92…

 

 

 

 

 

NATALIJA MIJATOVIC

natalijamijatovic@gmail.com