Week 42 | Artist 42: Created to Create 2016 | Lidija Ristic, Visual Artist
Lidija Ristic works with used materials borrowing the language of formal display and presentation to investigate ideals of femininity and perceptions of value. With her work, she takes on these social constructs by using familiar and often loaded materials like sugar, the color pink, fur and hair extensions. She, at the same time, entertains and critiques notions we have come to accept.
Serbian born - Massachusetts bred - San Francisco Based
Lidija studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, in both the painting and sculpture departments. Formal training in color theory and figure studies still informs her work in both forms. After receiving her BFA in sculpture in 2010, Lidija made her new home in the Bay Area and since has co-founded 24k Studios in the Mission- where she has coordinated shows and currently makes her own work. More recently, she co-founded the mobile gallery, 24k Studios Presents, the art-truck satellite of the Mission art space. Through this gallery-on-wheels she has continued to co-curated and organize many events around the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Her work has been displayed in various galleries and venues around the Bay Area including most recently at Artist Television Access and Galeria de la Raza.
What fuels your desire to create?
Making artwork is a way to create new realities and that fuels me to keep making something new.
The best thing about being an artist is...
Being an artist gives you a broad perspective of the world and allows you to connect with people from a wide range of backgrounds and walks of life.
The biggest obstacle in working with self is?
You can be your own worst critic.
What advice you would give self at the very beginning of your training and professional career?
Have faith. It's not all over after art school.
Are there any rituals you created to help you " face avoidance" that plagues any artist occasionally? Would you describe what works for you?
I find that cleaning and organizing my studio is incredibly helpful to making me productive. It's fairly simple, but very effective. I make my art studio a space I want to be and make it conducive to creative energy.
Talk about a piece of work that you experienced recently that moved you and how it found its place in your work?
I find the artwork of Garry Noland endlessly inspiring. He also uses found objects in his work. The paired-down nature of it is so revelatory. After seeing his pieces, I come back to my own work with a renewed perspective.
What other art form do you connect to? How does this craft/discipline help you in your work?
I have a great respect for writers and I often find inspiration in written pieces rather than in other visual artworks.
Describe your ritual or productive day at work?
My most productive days simply consists of 12+ hours in the studio. On those days, I often forget to eat and even put off bathroom breaks as long as possible because I don't want to stop what I'm doing if I'm in a really good groove.
Describe effective techniques you use to increase your focus/productivity when working on a project?
Solitude and good music/podcasts are the best ways for me to achieve focus and productivity.
How do you reward self for a job well done?
Visual art has that built-in: exhibition opening receptions. It's always lovely to get reactions to your work from an audience.
In 2016, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project.
CREATED TO CREATE
INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016.
Beginning, January, 1st, 2016
ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order.
Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.