Five questions to Davor Ljubičić

Five questions to Davor Ljubičić

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Davor Ljubičić, born in Croatia in 1958. He studied art at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. As a freelance artist he lives and works in Konstanz, Germany.

How did you get into art?

My father was a painter. As a toddler, I had the pleasure of smearing oil paints on my mother's curtains and on my sister's doll's clothes. It was clear that with this nonsense I could only become an artist.

How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?

Style is a word that finds no place in my thesaurus. I move between drawing, performance and installation in a mutually influencing and enriching way. Everything I do, all my artwork is undergoing a process. What do today, what I did in the past - there is no chronological order. What I finish today will be erased, destroyed  tomorrow and incorporated in something new - old and new will be interconnected, merged, either gently or powerfully. What has been is equally important as what will be, pre... and post...

How do you go about developing your work?

I am doing an "archaeological dig" in my memory and in my studio.

Charcoal is my material. Charcoal is powerful, originating from the depths of the past, leaving and thick, saturating trace. Charcoal is burning, fingers are burning. Charcoal is squealing, crying - crumbling between your Fingers.

Dusty floor. If I sweep the floor with my broom, dark residues of charcoal gather on the edge of the broom. I don't sweep the coal dust off but from different shapes of it from time to time - one fragile structure after another. But these coal dust appearances are not really entitled to validation and existence, although the seem to beg fot it. And sometimes they are lucky and end up on heavy and big paper sheets.

Who or what influences you? 

My inherent need coupled with creative restlessness always finds something to inspire me, even if it's small and inconspicuous things or big events.

What are you planning to do next?

I also let myself be surprised and keep "digging" in my studio - something will come.