What do you want people to know about your graduation project?
My graduation project can be summed up as a collage of ideas; a continuation of previous and some new projects that serve as an investigation in the future of my practice, with an emphasis on projects I presented during my solo show in ECA’s Tent Gallery in late-February.
As most of the students at the ECA did, I had ambitious ideas for the Degree Show that had to be redacted due to the recent lockdown.
Although challenging, lack of resources, human interaction and the equipment helped me position my projects in the current social climate as a never-ending examination of the human role in the surrounding environment, focusing on the project's narrative, and how easy can the idea be adapted for challenging societal changes. My interest lay in themes of human consumption and resource handling, immigration and climate refugees, traditional ecological knowledge and more-than-visual art-making.
What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you?
I find inspiration in occurred social injustice and day-to-day examples of the human relationship with the environment and society.
As I was approaching the second semester, I started exploring less fortunate experiences, connecting with people who would share their stories, and allow me to interpret them.
With that said, individual or collective experiences of people in natural or artificial environments are what inspire me the most. On top of that, authors and theorists who explore socially inclusive, environmentally aware, and science-fiction narratives are an immense motivation which I tend to incorporate in my work.
What has been your favourite thing about ECA and Edinburgh?
My favourite things about ECA (while they lasted) were helpful staff and workshops, and available equipment and studio spaces.
ECA, with the Art, Space and Nature programme is one of the few schools in the world that are teaching environmental art and are invested in promoting practices that are focused on growing environmental issues. After this semester, it is more than important to continue a good practice this course introduced, and undisputable local and international influence it has.
What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans?
My goal is to continue creating narratives and experiences, to encourage dialogue and participatory nature of art-making and how art can bring together different approaches and backgrounds in a world’s divisive context.
Going home to Croatia, catching up with my dog, cats, family, and friends for at least a month would be ideal too.
Is there anything you’d like to share about your experience studying here, perhaps relating to the things you’ve learned?
During my time at the University of Edinburgh, I studied, worked and collaborated with a number of people, who eventually became (I hope) lifelong friends. ECA, being a multi-cultural hub, helped me to soak up different ways and views that enriched my knowledge, and showed me alternatives to professional and personal progress, that I'll carry on in the future.