Today we are talking with the artist Milica Prelić. In addition to the exceptional visual impression of her works, her choice of materials is extremely interesting.
Man’s existence and love are universal themes that unite her works, regardless of the cycle they belong to, and you can learn more about her work and views on the art world in the following interview.
When did you decide to do art?
I didn’t make a decision, it just happened. I followed my heart.
Who were your role models in the beginning?
I would have to say that I was fascinated by medieval frescoes rather than a particular artist.
Which artists do you admire today?
There are a lot: Wolfgang Laib, Rodin, Klimt, Durer, Anish Kapur, etc.
Can you choose a sculpture in a public place that you particularly like?
Two heads, Crnčević Đorđije.
What was the last exhibition you went to in Belgrade?
“Off The Road” at the gallery Prozor.
Can you tell us something more about it?
What is the difference between a painting and a drawing?
I often ask that question. Perhaps it is easiest to say that the basis of a drawing is the lines, while the basis of a painting is the surfaces and colours. In my work, specifically, drawings and paintings are closely related, even often inseparable.
Which chocolate do you like the most? 🙂
Bambi dark chocolate with coffee and cocoa nibs. 🙂 🙂 🙂
How did you come to the idea of using it in your works called Eat me slowly?
Somehow everything coincided: art, life, eroticism, passion, craving and touch. There was simply no other choice.
Can you tell us more about them?
Altogether there are five works that are completely or partially realized in chocolate, and all of them pervade feelings of passion and sin.
What other materials do you use in your works?
I used wax for a long time and it is still present in my work. I often return to oil pastels, charcoal, pencils and golden pigments, etc.
What makes them specific and why do you use them?
The most specific are wax and chocolate. In a way, they have character and need a lot of attention. They always surprise me. They are materials of the moment. With just the sun’s rays, everything is different. To control them you must always be present, even when the work has been completed. It’s not enough to just put them on the wall. And the scent contributes to the observer’s experience of the work and influences the development of the work, i.e. the idea.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
For me, my greatest achievement is being an artist.
What does your work space look like?
Recently, my two colleagues and I found a new work space. It’s super – there’s lots of light, it’s roomy and it’s clean.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment, I’m painting. I’ve returned to oils on canvas after a long break. I’m also still working with wax and researching various materials.
Can you recommend a film about an artist?
“Ten Minutes Older – The Trumpet”
What is the most important event in Serbia?
There are lots: October Salon, Bitef, Beldoc, the annual exhibition by students from the Academy of Fine Arts, etc.
How do you keep informed about what’s new in the art world?
Via the Internet, various portals and social networks. A lot of interesting information is available on the Professional Artist Magazine website.
Do you have a favourite work?
When I look at a work for a longer period of time, it then becomes my favourite. It especially happens with works that I’ve long finished.
Please visit Milica’s website and find out more about her art: http://milicaprelic.weebly.com/
Translated from the Serbian by Grainne Boyle Orlić