ARTIST STATEMENT

Ever since my early childhood, I was mesmerized and inspired by miniature. Having rich imagination, steady and precise hand and a lot of patience, I have started creating art from a very unlikely object – a pencil. Although the pencil has been used to serve a man and create art since time immemorial, I have decided to try to change the sequence of events and its primary purpose.

Now the pencil itself becomes art. It retains its function, to leave a testimony, but this time in a much different form, where the pencil is now able to tell the whole story without even writing a letter or drawing a single line. I am using very simple tools to create extremely detailed and complex sculptures carved from the tip of a pencil. This way I am giving an extraordinary meaning to this cheap and easily available instrument, while significantly adding to its value by expanding its purpose and making it a rare and unique piece of art.

My sculptures metaphorically speak about life philosophy. Through my work, I am showcasing both – the softness and the strength of a pencil, which needs to endure carving of the tiniest details without being broken. This analogy can as well be applied in a man’s life, since humans are exposed to constant (re)shaping, where we have to show flexibility and durability, so that we can successfully take on all the life roles without succumbing to their burden. The carving, which is often times a demanding process, therefore serves to create a finished product – a work of art.

The process of creating a sculpture reaffirms how we function in the same way as nature, since that is what we are –  its inseparable part. This way we are reminded how we need to go back to basics in order to be able to fully understand and appreciate our core.

Since I work with natural materials, wood and graphite, my art is environmentally friendly, as it takes minimum from the nature and produces no waste. Every broken pencil is resharpened and reused.

This way I want to show how the tiniest amount of natural materials shaped by skilled hands and imaginative mind can convey a much more powerful message than many technologically assisted and greater in size installations might. My miniature sculptures tell great stories. Through them I speak against violence, share family values, promote my country and even give new life to well-known and remarkable pieces of art, such as The Creation Of Adam.

AWARDS & GRANTS

2019

  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2013 

  • Grand Prix Award, 7th bienniale of miniature art Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sculpture Award, 7th bienniale of miniature art Bosnia and Herzegovina 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

  • Kaleidosculp (International Atelier “Ismet Mujezinović”, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2021

  • Exhibition of miniatures (Municipal Library “Hrvatska sloga”, Gradac, Croatia)

2018

  • Exhibition in Drammen  (Buskerud Kunstsenter, Drammen, Norway)
  • Stage of peace (Youth Theatre, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Exhibition of miniatures (Atelier Gallery TOLDart, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2016

  • Exhibition in Portåsen (Portåsen – Wildenveys Rike, Portåsen, Norway)
  • Small Moves for Great Works (Union Bank, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2015

  • Pencil sculptures (Peace Flame House, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Second solo exhibition (Bosnian Cultural Center, Kalesija, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2014

  • MicroWorld on graphite pencil (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

PERMANENT EXHIBITION

2018 

  • TOLDart Atelier-Gallery (Since May 2018, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2013

  • GM Gallery (Since August 2013, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Cumberland Pencil Museum (Since January 2013, Cumbria, UK)

GROUP EXHIBITION

2022

  • Small Is Beautiful – Miniature Art London (Christie’s Auction House, London, UK)

2021

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 11th Biennial art miniatures BiH  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Small Is Beautiful – Exposition sur l`Art Miniature á Paris (Galerie Joseph Paris, Paris, France)
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2020

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2019

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2018

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Youth Salon (Collegium artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina )
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2017

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 9th Biennial art miniatures BiH  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2016

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2015

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 8th Biennial art miniatures BiH  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2014

  • The room in the city – the city in the room (Applied Artists Association Gallery, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2013

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 7th Biennial art miniatures BiH  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Creativeworld (Messe Frankfurt Frankfurt, Germany)

2012

  • Selective exhibition – Applied Artists Association of Tuzla Canton  (Bosnian Cultural Center, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2011

  • Life is beautiful in Tuzla (Dom Mladih, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • 3rd Biennial Minimum Maximum 3 (Museum of Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

ONLINE EXHIBITION

2021 

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