Community Partner: Club Casa de los Abuelos
Participants: Seniors from Latin America
Art Practice: Paper art
Description: I enjoy the immediacy and versatility of paper and its ability to create a myriad of shapes and patterns, nurturing our imagination and talent. Paper is an amazing and often under-appreciated, creative medium and can be traced back to Japan where it originated over a thousand years ago. Participants involved in those workshops will explore all of the wonderful things that we can create with paper. Paper making, paper maché, origami, paper cuts, quilling, pop-up cards, collages and drawing are just few example of project planned for Art Place workshops.
I am draftsman, sculptress and performance artist. Immigration and displacement have made a profound mark on my life and on my work. Most of my sculptures are either large knitted installations that I can transport in my suitcase, or small hand-sized objects that I can grab and carry with me. This readiness for a quick escape and for constantly being on the move characterizes my work. My motto is “collapse, compress and then expand.”
The drawings depict moments of solitude and nonverbal conversation between the world and myself. In my artistic practice, I use drawings to mark the ideas for future sculptures and performances. Most of my sculptures are made from so-called “female” materials such as wool and thread. Large, unsteady, collapsible and puppet-like knitted sculptures represent my state of mind. The wool speaks of a connection, a way back to the point of origin; to childhood.
Club Casa de los Abuelos is a non-profit organization with over 12 successful years serving socially isolated Spanish-speaking seniors in the Capital Region. The agreement signed with the Arts Council, the artist in residence Bozica Radjenovic and Club Casa de los Abuelos, will allow older adults from the Hispanic community to explore their creativity and at the same time will stimulate socialization.
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.