Today we’d like to introduce you to Eve Ozer.
Eve, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was nine, I immigrated to the United States, with my parents; a self-conscious age where the last thing a child wants is to be singled out as different.
I remember entering the 4th grade, mid-year, at St. John’s grammar school in Joliet, IL. The teacher, herself a refugee from Yugoslavia, brought me to the front of the class to introduce me. She gave a brief history of my journey and asked the students to embrace me and be kind.
From that moment, I never really fit into any group. Looking back on that experience, I am grateful because it helped build my character, and more importantly, my independence.
To be an authentic artist, I believe, you must have the ability to listen to your inner voice and be willing to forge your own path, regardless of the opinions of others.
I made it through high school, getting married right before graduation. An act that would have barred me from the diploma stage if the nuns at St. Francis Academy had known.
Juggling a young son and a husband, I attended IVCC junior college where I studied art history, writing, drawing, and pottery. I left 11 hours shy of an Associate in Arts Degree and entered the corporate workforce.
Even though I was working, I always made sure I had some sort of studio space that I could go into and decompress by losing myself in art.
In December 2017, I started to devote myself to a full-time art practice. In short, I am living my dream. Most days I wake up with a smile on my face knowing my time will be spent in my studio. Just entering the space makes me calm and happy.
My work is represented in three galleries; Hilton-Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY and Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI.
Art has always been a part of my life, even when I wasn’t physically creating, I was day-dreaming about art.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road, and for that I am grateful. How can we know what we are made of? What we can accept and endure, if we are never tested?
Struggles? Divorce. Illness. Loss. Bad paintings. Rejections.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Eve Ozer Fine Art – what should we know?
I am a modern abstract painter, poet and writer.
My work emanates from the inside-out. Through my senses of sight, sound and smell, I internalize the world around me and try to communicate my impressions in the language of line, shape and color.
My need to create is a deep, unexplained conundrum. Its polarity is a source of mystery. Some days it takes me to extravagant heights of joy; some days it plunges me into a well of self-doubt and anxiety. I just know it’s important for me to show up in my studio. It’s the only way to keep moving my work forward and deeper.
For me, painting is a meditation on canvas. I am drawn to Asian calligraphy which shows up in my work as abstract lines and shapes. I use Asemic writing and abstract calligraphy as ways to communicate the universal energy field that surrounds us and threads us together as human beings. In this chaotic world, we seem to be separated from that feeling of oneness and I’d like to think my paintings are a way of bringing us together.
I don’t know if that’s a source of pride or sets me apart, I only know, I try to do the best I can.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being comfortable in my own skin. Being kind. Being grateful. Knowing I am worthy to embrace the life I have chosen to live. Recognizing and thanking those who have helped me along the way. And perhaps most importantly, not taking myself too seriously.
- Website: www.eveozer.com
- Phone: 630-258-4437
- Email: eveozer737@gmailcom
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- Facebook: www.facebook.com/eve.ozer
- Twitter: @ozer_eve
Gail Mancuso, Eve Ozer