You can get in touch with Madja about her work at madjamučić@hotmail.com
In a multistory art space in Kotor, in a tiny homely room filled with sheets and books and walls full of her art, I met Majda and her mother. I was warmly invited in to their space where I sat for hours looking through Majda's art and being told her story.
Majda suffers from a speech impediment, so we communicated mostly through her Mother, Hajka. Hajka spoke all about Majda's success as an artist, how she has held 40 of her own exhibitions by the age of 37 (one of which was opened by Leopold Maurer), her invite to exhibit her work in Australia, and her many features in various newspaper articles.
Majda creates large scale paintings and collages made from amgazine cutouts. She finds satisfaction, happiness, and a connection to herself through art. She finds it valuable to create something new, and works a lot with paint and paper collages. Majda was invited to Art School during her second year of High School.
You can get in touch with Deshawn at email@example.com
Deshawn is an American artist from New York, whom I met at an international residency in Montenegro. The residency was set up for artists to create work loosely inspired by Montenegrin history.
'In New York I create large abstract paintings that attempt to combine irreconcilable aesthetics, one being a pre-gentrified city or landscape, the other being a luxurious, reflective technological interface.
Here in Montenegro I'm creating abstracted Landscapes, as well as walls that have had a sort of trauma done to them, as well as icons that are specific to Montenegro, and abstracted seascapes.'
Deshawn uses spray paint, paper, fabric, scraping and burning to create, he describes his work to be like an archaeological dig, destroying and redeeming his work's surfaces.
'I'm inspired by beauty and trauma. I guess the war that Israel was launching on Lebanon in 2006 was when I stopped painting representionally, and started painting and burning abstract because there was a great destruction of life that painting people in such a precious way no longer made sense.
I think everybody is an artist, an artist being someone who shares their conscious experience with the world. People both make and view things external to themselves, giving them space to create something that's not within themselves.'