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SXU Art Gallery presents Tatjana Jovancevic's "Tracing the Inscape"


Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Art Gallery will feature the drawings of Tatjana Jovancevic and serve as the first exhibit for the fall 2016 semester. This exhibition entitled, "Tracing the Inscape" will run from Monday, August 22 to Wednesday, September 14 in the SXU Gallery on the Chicago campus, 3700 West 103rd Street. A presentation by the artist and reception will be held in the SXU Gallery on Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30 p.m.

The exhibit will feature works on paper and photographs of site specific work as well. Her art is influenced by the effects of being an individual from a war-torn country, as well as by her inner reflection and examination. She delves into themes of detachment, seeking of a true home, lost sense of identity and the pursuit of belonging and reconciliation.

Jovancevic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the republics in former Yugoslavia. She came to the United States in 1991 as an exchange student. While she was here the war broke out in her homeland and she ended up staying to finish her schooling. She currently resides in Chicago.

The following is a statement from the artist which reflects her artwork for this exhibit:

"My art speaks of things I have a hard time talking about. As an individual from a war-torn country I delve into the themes of detachment, seeking of true home, lost sense of identity, and pursuit of belonging and reconciliation. These themes are intertwined with narratives of the tensions between light and dark, good and evil, and heaven and earth. I try to address the ephemeral nature of life and our relatively short time occupying the continuum. Be it in my site-specific interventions or works on paper, I attempt to point to transcendental. For me, creative process is a continuous conversation between my inner landscape and what the outer offers in return. Traveling inside my thoughts, experiences and feelings, I attempt to reach emotional territories, some still unclaimed and almost beyond reach. These places are high and low, soft and hard, fluid and rigid, dark and light. By tracing them with line and intervening with ephemeral elements in nature, I hope to have an intimate conversation with the viewer, drawing them into my work, while possibly drawing them out."

SXU's Art Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, please visit SXU's website. To learn more about Jovancevic or her work, please visit her website.