Questions & Answers with Tanja Babic
It is our pleasure to feature Tanja Babic in this weeks Q&A. We were captivated by her talent, she masterfully depicts the realities of thought and emotion with her striking large scale paintings. Her work is very well regarded, she has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows worldwide. Here is what we have learned:
SG: Where do you get your inspiration from?
TB: I could't tell you where from but think it is fair to say that inspiration filters through from every day life situations such as; feelings, good movies, exhibitions or great plays. Sometimes I start to paint without inspiration, however when I start to paint, inspiration will appear (from nowhere). Sometimes the painting itself inspires me to paint, every brush stroke can lead to inspiration which affects the over all painting. In my case inspiration is more an internal necessity than some external influence, but both could be a stimulus for inspiration to be born.
SG: Which artists do you admire?
TB: This is definitely the whole school of abstract expressionists: Hans Hartung, Franz Kline, Philip Guston, arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, De Kooning and especially Jackson Pollock and the second generation of abstract expressionists like Joan Mitchell.
SG: Can you talk about your ideas and how they evolve?
TB: Its difficult to talk about ideas because they are't moving me. Its more about feelings. I just start to paint and one stroke is born followed by a second, third and so on, sometimes, I see on a canvas a painting that needs to be free. My style has become more mature, but I still prefer to remove all ideas in my head and free my mind as much as possible before I start to paint.
SG: How would you describe your work?
TB: In one word-abstract. I hope that in the future my work be without details or association.
SG: What is a ‘typical’ workday for you like?
TB: I am at the studio every day. On a typical workday I am there from about 2-8 pm, it is important for me to be there daily. On days where I am not inspired to paint I spent my time looking at my paintings, it it important to see the work to create a relationship with them.
SG: Is there a specific theme or concept you keep in all of your work or does it change with each series?
TB: I don't have a specific theme or concept, my work and every series has something of their own. Each series was born spontaneously and spontaneously ends (naturally). Usually, series are related through color. I had a black and white series and one with very vivid colors, pink, yellow...at the moment I'm still in the yellow phase. I find it very interesting that don't know when will ended and what the next one will be!
SG: Tell us about the materials and techniques of your latest work. Is there a specific process and set up for creating your paintings?
TB: There are no specific materials I use only good old oil colors :). I avoid the use of other materials as much as possible. I love thick layers but prefer to create them naturally layer by layer with oil colors. Maybe in the future I will experiment with other materials.
SG: Are you a part of any artists groups or organisations that have been beneficial (to your work in general or career as an artist)?
TB: I am a member of ULUS (Association of fine artists Serbia) its the oldest and largest association in Serbia. Benefits are that they look after health and social issue and organize group exhibitions for members but they don't sell art of members.
SG: If you could own one work of art what would it be?
TB: It's a very difficult question but if I can choose only one it would have to be "Number 31" by Jackson Pollock, 1950 from MoMa.