December 8th was the last class with Club Casa de los Abuelos. It was cold and slippery day and my class was smaller than usual, some people had doctors appointments and some had meetings. I interviewed Grabriela Corzone and Bertha Espino who had time to stay little bit longer after the class.
Bozica Radjenovic: Tell me little bit about yourself.
GC: I was born in Chile. In my late twenties I immigrated to Brazil and I lived there for twenty year and then I moved to Canada. Here I started to follow my dreams to become an artist. In my imagination I wanted to capture beauty and nature to show the world where my soul wants to be.
BR: What was your favorite activity during Art Place workshop sessions?
GC: I liked everything we did but my favorite was quilling. During the last ten weeks I made animals, beards, landscapes and images from my imagination. I plan to keep quilling a panel with a design of three bees on my own.
BR: Is there anything else that you wanted to make out of the paper?
GC: I regret that we didn’t have time to do papier mâché. Maybe next time…
BR: How long have you lived in Canada?
BE: Sixteen years, I came in February 1999 from Cuba.
BR: Did you make art in Cuba?
BE: No, I worked very hard and I didn’t have any time for myself or for art.
BR: When did you start to make art?
BE: I started here in Canada at Casa de los Abuelos. I attended a painting class and I enjoyed it very much.
BR: What was your favorite activity in our Art Place workshops?
BE: Paper making because it was easy and fun. But I would like to make more collages on my own.
BR: What was the hardest activity?
BE: I struggled with pop-up cards. It was hard for me because I couldn’t predict the final outcome.
Bozica Radjenovic was born and educated in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her BFA (1989) and MFA (1991) from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. In 1993 she moved to Canada during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Bozica has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, most recently at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario, Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives in The Hague, The Netherlands, and the Cultural Centre of Belgrade in Serbia. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, the Zepter Museum in Belgrade, and the City of Ottawa, as well as in various private collections in Canada and Europe. Bozica gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.