Featured Artist Ksenija Kostic Pecaric
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Ksenija Kstic-Pecaric has created a series of stunning linocuts based on Hebrew calligraphy. Find out more about her work Here is a link to the article.
I was born in the former Yugoslavia (now Serbia) into a family of artists. My mother was my first art instructor and I spent many hours in her ceramics, painting and design studio. Early on, I lived in both Croatia and Serbia. I graduated from Belgrade High School for Design.
After graduating, i spent a year studying photography in Prague. I came to New York at the end of 1993 and stayed up until 1997. There I was introduced by a friend to Hebrew calligraphy which I use a lot in my work. I had my first solo show at Riverdale Y Gallery in 1996. From 1997 to 2004, I lived in Krakow, Poland where I studied fine art and art teaching.
My work—paintings and linocuts—were used in publications as illustrations. I graduated with a master’s degree in fine art and art education in 2003 from Pedagogical University of Krakow. After returning to the US, my work was exhibited internationally in solo and collective shows for more than 25 year. Private collections in different countries have my work. I have taught art to all age ranges and to high school students. I work with printmaking, collage, photography, and ceramic mediums.
I’m introducing myself with a bit of biography and presenting my eclectic background to show how my work developed and transformed over time. As a multi-interested artist, I enjoy using different techniques and media in my work. I don’t like to be labelled as a printmaker, painter, photographer or ceramicist. I like to use a variety of techniques to express myself and explore the theme or medium for a specific project.
I’m inspired by the works of many artists. Picasso is a multi-medium artist of exceptional talent. He expressed himself through painting, sculpting, and ceramics. I know I’m not Picasso, but as a kid I was curious and wanted to use all of the above media. I have a tendency to change my style over time. However, this is something that comes quite naturally to me. I often return to the same subject or theme, but my approach is different.
Here is my small size linocuts series that I began creating in 2020 and have continued. I am mainly interested in Hebrew lettering, calligraphy and the meanings of words and names. I am inspired by the names of famous people and Biblical characters. I try and make a link from the past to the current. This pursuit begins with names like Moses or Aaron, Miriam, or Sarah.
In creating this series, I was inspired by medieval book illuminations and old Polish papercuts. The calligraphic forms and elements are constantly evolving in this series. After a short break to do something else creative, I am returning to it with a fresh perspective.
When I work in the linocut medium, my interest in calligraphy forms and calligraphic forms is ever-present and evolving. This series is mainly in multiple shades of color. Hand painted embellishments are added to each print, with gold dominating both the composition and design. I want to emphasize the significance and meaning of visual elements, symbols or words.
As a dedicated educator with limited creative time, I see these linocuts a meditative break and personal escape between teaching and working alongside students and the daily challenges of life. I hope you pause and take a moment to enjoy my artwork.
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