Interview: Biljana Erak | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Biljana Erak

Interviews | September 26, 2022 |

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Luca Curci talks with Biljana Erak during the 4th Edition of LONDON CONTEMPORARY 2022, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.

Biljana Erak is an artist based in Sydney, Australia – loved for her creative works that are inspired by many forms of nature, spirituality, wildlife, and human connections. Her paintings are unique and from the heart, with her originality celebrated by many around the world. Within her paintings, you will find elements of healing, love, harmony and tranquillity. A vibrant sense of life and presence is depicted through the subject matter, brush strokes, size of the paintings, and the use of colour. Biljana knew from a very young age that she had a gift for painting, however, she succumbed to the influences of the outside world and her logical mind, and completed a double degree in criminology and Law. Whilst practising law, her passion for art did not fade but kept calling her back. Her powerful desire to create continued, and over the years she painted incrementally, selling her works privately and defining her style.

Today, Biljana is an established artist, working from her Sydney studio. Her commissioned works are client-focused, incorporating beautiful hidden messages for the client, which carry a special personal meaning while simultaneously portraying a pure and simple beauty to the world at large. Biljana delights in sharing what is in her heart through a visual medium. If something can trigger an unsuspected smile or some other vivid emotion, that image or theme will be used as inspiration, allowing her emotions to be expressed through nature’s incredible beauty.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Biljana Erak –
Art for me is discovery, pleasure, love, life and energy – it represents who I am, at least a part of my existence. I use art as a form of expression; as a source to connect to people on another level. Seeing the joy on people’s faces when they see my art for the first time, are the moments I hold close to my heart. Art for me is healing. It is my zen time.

LC – What are you currently working on?
BJ –
I’ve recently started a new series that focuses on botanicals and experiments with colour.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
BJ –
As a full-time professional, a wife and a daughter to elderly parents, I often find it challenging to allow myself time for painting without feeling guilty when I choose art over family time. I have a good routine now, which means I dedicate time to my art to create. I am fortunate to work in an art studio with other artists, all of whom deeply inspire me with their creative energy.

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LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
BJ –
It is interesting to listen to the different perspectives on one piece. People always seem to have a different favourites. I get inspired to create more after an exhibition, I am pumped by the positivity of the event.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
BJ –
I pursue art that is inspired by nature, human connections and spirituality.

LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
BJ –
Art for me is an instinctive process. An idea may come to me from a beautiful scene at the beach, during my walks, whilst reading a book, or when speaking to someone. I have a notebook where I write ideas as soon as they come to me.

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LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
BJ
– The concept of having my paintings displayed in London, halfway across the world, amongst other international artists, is inviting, exciting and elevating. I am always inspired by an unorthodox approach to art. As you can see, I am the only artist from Australia who found the concept of this exhibition inviting.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
BJ –
Rhythm was inspired by the blue oceans surrounding our home here in Australia. This painting symbolises the natural law of rhythm. As the tide comes in, it must go out. Like everything in life, this wave changes form by the natural forces of energy. The wave hits the edge of the shore only once, with this exact texture, strength, veracity and colour… As with all personal experiences, no one moment is identical to that of Another. The abstract is a free-flow experimentation of colour. The lovely warm earthy tone depicted in the centre of the painting represents the heartbeat within every organism. It has more texture and substance than the foreground. The surrounding cool strokes of navy, blue and whites represent the system and routine of today’s society with no sense of purpose or direction.

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LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
BJ –
I have a huge appreciation for the organisers of this event! The logistics of managing a large number of artists, from around the world are truly impressive. The organisers were always responsive and supportive, throughout every stage of the process.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
BJ –
ITSLIQUID GROUP to me represents a beautiful sense of unity and collaboration. To focus on supporting international artists and giving them the opportunity to share their creativity with the world is a beautiful thing to bring to life.

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