Interview: Jerca Šantej | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Jerca Šantej

Interviews | March 27, 2019 |

Interview: Jerca ŠantejImage courtesy of Jerca Šantej

Interview: Jerca Šantej

Luca Curci talks with Jerca Šantej during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

The artist and painter Jerca Šantej was born in Sevnica, Jerca Šantej in 1964. She discovered her passion for art at an early age and pursued an in-depth art education at numerous universities and workshops in Slovenia. After graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences, direction textile design with prof. Dusan Kirbiš and armed with her college degree (including achievements in law studies), Jerca dedicated herself to the ascetic life of a painter. In 1991 Jerca enjoyed critical and popular acclaim at her first solo artist exhibition, which yielded a wide array of invitations to present her work at exhibitions around the world. Jerca Šantej lives and works within Slovenia’s verdant rolling hills and valleys and in the charming capital city of Ljubljana.

Interview: Jerca ŠantejImage courtesy of Jerca Šantej

Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Jerca Šantej – The unstoppable desire of creativity and restlessness in the soul is the main reason I paint. By painting, I tell the world how beautiful it is to be alive and to enjoy life, but we must do something for this beauty. Open a book, look at the picture, listen to the song.. .

LC – Which subject are you working on?
JS – I’m currently engaged in painting eco acts. In general, ecology and concern for the environment is my great occupation. I also conduct the ARTEKO painting symposium, which is attended by internationally renowned painters, sculptors, etc. For almost ten years I’ve been intensively involved in this topic – recycling art!

Interview: Jerca ŠantejImage courtesy of Jerca Šantej

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
JS – My painting style changes over the years, just as I change myself. I do not have the patience to be the same, it’s kind of boring for me. I always want to experiment with new materials, techniques. I very much like to flirt with graphics, but I do not have the right conditions for work. This is still waiting for me.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
JS – I never look for inspiration, because it finds me!

Interview: Jerca ŠantejImage courtesy of Jerca Šantej

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
JS – The story in my painting work is the current idea and occupation. Reflection of the present time! Often, only energy transformation. Awareness that the energy brought into the observer is often a stimulus for my painting.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
JS – The body language is the most powerful weapon and therefore I was happy to participate in this project. At the same time, it is exactly covered by the content that I’m processing. I added gas masks to the body, whose symbolism is quite obvious and current.

Interview: Jerca ŠantejImage courtesy of Jerca Šantej

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
JS – ITSLIQUID GROUP is an exceptional organization with a strong mission that performs very well. They connect artists from around the world and represent the fundamental and basic mission of a cultural organization.They are upgrading the tradition of culture in Venice, which they can be proud of, and I think that all artists are therefore happy to respond to the invitation to participate.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
JS – I happily and wholeheartedly participated and I hope that our cooperation will continue. A young team that knows what they want and with whom it’s really nice to work together. Friendly and helpful in all areas. Honestly congratulations to the director, for such a team and work!

Interview: Jerca ŠantejImage courtesy of Jerca Šantej

Interview: Jerca ŠantejImage courtesy of Jerca Šantej

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