Snezana Petrovic Wins Ovation Awards for Costume Design
For Snezana Petrovic, winning the Ovation Awards prize for costume design was the most recent accolade of a long, illustrious career that began with studio art, that has segued to her current passion for "video/sound installations."
(The LA Stage Alliance 2010 [Ovation Awards], peer-judged theater awards, took place January 17, 2011 in Thousand Oaks, CA.)
Petrovic left her homeland, Yugoslavia in 1991, moving with her family to Redlands, California. "The war in Yugoslavia changed my life. Much of what I took for granted about Belgrade has disappeared. Most of the people I grew up with left that city, while the music, art and cultural life went underground for a while."
Since immigrating to this country, Snezana Petrovic received an MFA from UC Irvine, has taught art at Cal State University, LA, at University of Redlands, CA and is currently a Professor at Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows worldwide, at The Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., Barnsdall Park, L.A., Society for Photographic Education, L.A., Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and many more. Her performance art and video installation pieces were presented in Pomona Arts Colony with the "Envisioning the Future" project facilitated by Judy Chicago. She has received awards and grants including an NEA Grant.
She has been a production and costume designer for hundreds of theatrical productions, television series and feature films in Europe and the US, and received a production design award at the International Film Festival in Pula, Croatia.
Petrovic's Ovation Awards prize for costume design was for the opera "Song and Dances of Imaginary Lands," produced independently and performed in a 25,000 square foot space in Culver City, CA in July 2010.
Video and Installation Art
In 2010, Petrovic created "Shapeshifters" for the University of Redlands. The exhibition included “The Hungry Ghost,” mixed media installation with monofilament, hot glue, lama wool and directional light source. She says, "The work is a meditation/reflection on obsession, addiction, emptiness and life impermanence."
"Burying the Father," shown on this page, is an installation/costume. She explains, "This piece explores one’s history, family roots, while the actual identity is entrapped in a tree suit. I built the tree with found recycled materials (blueprints paper, yellow pages and newspapers) and found objects (hand painted burlap and newspaper yarn). I created it for "Song and Dances of Imaginary Lands" for which I was an Ovation Awards winner.
Petrovic is today focusing on "SoundMigrationZ," an exhibition/dialogue between visual art and sound. The show was exhibited in Belgrade in 2009 and at Crafton Hills College Gallery, Yucaipa, CA in late 2010 and early 2011.
SoundMigrationZ, featuring 22 artists from the US, The Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, Japan and Singapore, examines the relationship of sounds to visual media including graffiti art, video, installations and oil paintings. Petrovic, referring to this show as postmodern, explains that artists throughout history have explored the relationship of sound with visual art. Abstract Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was particularly influenced by music and sound in his work.
Much of SoundMigrationZ is monochromatic, meaning it is black and white, or created with primary and secondary colors. Artists in the show asked, "What would these sounds look like, if we could see them?" as they worked. Marc Wurmbrand created an elegant abstract painting while listening to a Miles Davis CD. Leigh Selgado created an intricate, meditative lace piece while listening to a baseball game. S. Ulysses Jenkins explored the inner sounds and origins of jazz in a video work displaying icons from the history of jazz. Laura Bierma's white bed sheets, symbolic of the first wedding night, evoke the voices of female oppression.
Snezana Petrovic, moving from creating her own work, to curating to becoming an Ovation Awards winner is exploring other venues nationally and abroad for SoundMigrationZ.
Comments for Snezana Petrovic
by: Denise Duffield
Snezana Petrovic is an amazing artist, visionary, inspiration, and dearest friend. Her prolific creations dazzle the eye, trip the imagination, and stir the soul. I have been honored to have her as a fabulous teacher, a brilliant creative partner, and she will forever be my friend. This award is truly deserved, congratulations!
With loving gratitude,
Curtsey to the queen
Congratulations on your Ovation Award. You Amaze me with each design and creation. A much deserved curtsey to you the queen - Snezana from your student and friend Karen
Snezana has been an engaged and inspiring collaborator and I am continually taken with the breadth of her vision.
Congratulations on the well-earned recognition of the Ovation Award.
by: Kristina Faraghernonymous
Snezana Petrovich is an artist of rare caliber. Petrovich is constantly creating and her work is sublime and germane. I am grateful to know such a collaborative, innovative artist and congratulations on a deserved award!
by: John Balinger
Excellence in every aspect of her work and her working relationships.
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