Today we’d like to introduce you to Vida Sacic.
Vida, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am Croatian American, an immigrant who moved to the Midwest as a high school exchange student when I was 17 years old.
My parents still live in Croatia. I come from a creative family, my dad is a gallerist and my mom worked as a fashion designer.
I worked as an Art Director in advertising in my early twenties and then completed my graduate degree in art at Indiana University.
I now teach at Northeastern Illinois University and make work in my studio full time. I use traditional printing techniques and digital technology to make both applied and fine art.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make abstract typographic prints and installations.
I find inspiration in language and use mechanical equipment to print words. Printing presses have been the only way to print text for many years. I am glad that I am able to preserve such equipment and can use it alongside digital technology. The mechanical means of production encourage me to slow down and think about what I am doing, to be really present.
I write and print disjointed narratives in English and Croatian. More recently, I started printing on pieces of canvas, sewn together to get larger dimensions of work. The materials and tools of my work are carefully selected and accessed through individual contacts. I appreciate the creation of positive relationships with people who bring art tools and materials into my life.
In one way, my work is about the process of collecting objects and materials and their use. I try to have faith in the organic growth of art and life.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
One of the challenges is certainly that we live in a world in which we are exposed to unprecedented amounts of visual and verbal information.
At a time when big data is ubiquitous and fine art has been commercialized to the point of banality, artists are faced with the question of the purpose of making more images, more data. How do you justify creating work in a time of information overload?
It is more imperative now than ever to retain a sense of honesty, transparency and humor!
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am planning to show in Chicago this fall and will be announcing it on my website, www.vidasacic.com.
I am open for studio visits, by arrangement only. My contact information is available on the website.
- Address: Vida Sacic
3729 N. Ravenswood, 135A
Chicago, IL 60613
- Website: www.vidasacic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: vidasacic