Nevia Pavletic is a visual artist, photographer, and in general beautiful human being from Croatia. Here I present you Nevia's process, choices, and love...
If you could tell a little bit about your background.
I am a self-taught artist, and I began creating art about two years ago (September 2015). At the time, I had just finished graduate school (cultural anthropology), and I was feeling very uncertain and anxious about my future. Although I enjoyed anthropology as a discipline, in my heart, I knew that art was the path that I needed to pursue—no matter how intimidating or uncertain it seemed.
The decision to pursue art felt so natural to me. It’s almost as if I didn’t have a choice in the matter. Every bone and cell in my body encouraged me to create. I spent the next year immersed in art. I spent hours each day experimenting with techniques and styles until I felt confident that I had found my artistic language. As I began to share my creations on Instagram, I slowly began to receive inquiries from art collectors and other creatives who were seeking to collaborate with me. As a self-taught artist with no connection to the art industry, this attention was very encouraging and rewarding and helped me gain confidence in myself as an artist.
What lead you to art?
There are several forces that propelled me to pursue art. In part, I think that I was looking for a way to express emotions and feelings that I could not communicate with language. I have always had the sense that I experience the world differently than my peers, and art was a way for me to nurture these inner parts of myself that I had neglected in the process of getting caught up with the expectations of contemporary social life. Art for me has become a way to communicate with the world around me, and intimately connect with the subjective experience of being human.
Also, I am immensely attracted to beauty, aesthetics, and good design. Creating and enjoying objects of beauty brings great joy, fulfillment, and purpose to my life. I am always chasing after beautiful things and moments, whether I am working in my studio, listening to a beautiful song, or exploring daily life with my film camera.
What is your creative process and how does it begin?
My creative process is very intuitive. I don’t plan or sketch out my ideas beforehand. Rather, I begin with an emotion or feeling—usually both—that has been lingering inside of me. Lately, I have been preoccupied with the feeling of fragility, as I have become acutely aware of how extremely fragile and innocent life is. This observation makes me sad, but it also inspires and a deep sense of love and joy for everything around me. My drawings communicate these feelings and emotions through abstraction, via line, color, and form.
Are there any materials that tend to be essential when creating? Have you noticed these materials evolve, and if so do the materials you use at this present moment mean something specific to you?
Good paper is essential to my work. I love the paper that has a slightly rough texture, and that comes in unique, organic tones. I am particularly fond of handmade papers, because each sheet is unique and has interesting variations in color. Lately, I have noticed that I am becoming more drawn to vibrant colors of paper (e.g., bright yellows, reds, and blues) rather than the usual earthy tones I had been accustomed to. I am not quite sure yet what this change in color palette means, but I am sure there is some underlying significance that with revealing itself sooner or later.
(Finish the sentence) Regarding color, your palette is...
Harmonious, dreamy, and organic.
Tell us about your travels and how they have influenced you?
I travel to my home country (Croatia) every summer, and for the past several years the trip has made me think more deeply about death and the passing of time. Each time I visit, I notice my grandparents getting older, and the places that were once so familiar to me are slowly changing. I usually stay in my grandparents’ flat, which is right next to the hospital I was born in. So it is a strange experience for me; the juxtaposition of birth and death provokes many anxieties within me, as it reminds me of my mortality and the impermanence of all matter. The years seem to pass by faster as I age, so every summer I become more aware of how time has made its mark on the people and places that I love. My anxiety about death is a feeling that I struggle with personally, but it has also inspired me as an artist. The passing of time, birth/death cycles, and the mysteriousness of existence are central themes of my work.
What narratives do you like to tell with your art?
Through my art, I hope to communicate the richness of my inner world that I am otherwise unable to communicate through conventional forms of communication. I think that most art serves this purpose. It gives the viewer deep insight into the subjective experiences of the artist. Art communicates the most intimate and private aspects of ourselves. In my view, it is the most sincere and thorough method of inquiry into the human condition. Art is, ultimately, autobiographical.
Where can we see your work in the coming months?
I am currently in the process of consigning my work to a gallery, the details of which I will be able to share with you in the coming months. I hope that this opportunity will introduce my work to a wider audience, and open the door for more collaboration opportunities in the coming years.