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Ana Jovanovska, Emerging Artist to Watch

April 12, 2024
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Ana Jovanovska is considered one of the foremost printmaking artists from Macedonia. Having lived in Tokyo for the last two years, she has been actively engaged in learning and exhibiting new printmaking techniques. During this time, she has also been recognized as the best-selling artist on the Pioneri Art Platform.

Her work is distinguished by conceptual projects that often incorporate recycled handmade paper and prints. The artworks radiate graceful energy, inviting viewers to discover subtle meanings through wordplay, symbols of childhood carelessness, or through playful depiction of seasons and weather by reimagining their content and narrative. Additionally, Ana is skilled in employing both delicate and bold colors, evidencing Japanese influence to her work, which reflects aspects of her refined personality.

Ana, as you are nearing the completion of your specialization in Mokuhanga – Japanese woodblock printing at the Tokyo University of the Arts, could you share how this cultural environment has fueled your creativity and how it contributes to your active exhibiting practice?

A: It would be difficult to resist the influence of a new surrounding,whether intentionally or unintentionally. Researching the possibilities of traditional Japanese woodblock printing in Tokyo offered me an opportunity to explore a centuries-old tradition while also witness its relevance and placement in the contemporary art world. The new knowledge that I gained and the lifestyle change has made my art practice more aesthetic rather then just dry research presentation. In short, I reintroduced the ‘美’ (beauty) back into my works.

 

In Tokyo, you have been involved in many group exhibitions and have created work using different techniques, such as woodblock, cyanotype and handmade paper. Now, you are preparing for your solo show at Launch Pad Gallery.

Can you tell us what were the highlights of the conceptual group shows, and what can we expect from your upcoming exhibition?

AJ: Yes, that’s right, I was a part of several group exhibitions with different types of art like prints, books and haiku poems. I also made print artworks using the ‘gariban’(mimeograph), traditional ‘kozo washi’ (Japanese paper), Japanese book binding and shodo (calligraphy).

The solo show’s opening is set for the 20th of April. I chose to go with ‘Cycles’ which is a project that I’ve been doing on and off since I arrived in Japan. It encompasses my passion for paper making and storytelling.

There are two more unseen concepts created here that are waiting for their turn, so keep an eye for them too. I’ve been keeping busy.

Can you talk about the range of other opportunities, that Tokyo offers you as an artist, in terms of work prospects?

AJ: Talking about art related opportunities, anyone that has their own niche, and does it well, could find an audience and a buyer. Knowledge of Japanese language is not a must, but I strongly recommend it, because it will open unseen doors and introduce unexpected connections.

Currently, you are participating in a group exhibition at PIONERI, which features your ‘Echo’ woodprint and cyanotype series — works that have been successfully received by art connoisseurs. Could you tell us more about this project?

AJ: The Echo series features a range of blue woodcut prints, each printed on different paper and sized surfaces. Much like printmaking, the artworks in Echo explore the concept of repetition in various aspects, including its visual and conceptual elements.

 

Thank you, Ana. We will continue to follow your work with great interest, wherever it may take you!

AJ: Thank you, Jana! For the questions and your continuous support of my art. See you at future collaborations possibilities.