Amadea Kovič is full of sunshine and energy. She is a 22-year-old Art History graduate student from Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a passion for creating all types of art, especially drawing and writing.

She is so accomplished and she has already published one book, called Zakaj pa ne? (why not?) in Slovene and she would like to get it published in English in future.

She is so talented she managed to review the truth and irony of human nature in a whimsy fashion in her “The Kiwimonster”, which she curated as:

There are monsters living among us, inside us, and it’s just our ignorance that saves us from seeing the truth. But every now and then we see the double nature of a human when even people that are close to us slip, and sometimes we are the ones committing something immoral or even grotesque. What we lack is acceptance of our darker side that is not so nice and friendly, so that we can come to terms with it.”

Here is her story  ❤️

The Mermaid With Two Souls

What is your art style?

My drawing style is simple. I am deeply enthusiastic about the Art Nouveau era and draw a lot of inspiration from it. I especially admire Aubrey Beardsley and his dark, yet sophisticated and deeply sensual illustrations. I even wrote my Master’s thesis about his depictions of women. I am especially interested in contrasts, everything mystical and how much I can tell with one simple line. I never make sketches before I draw. I just let my imagination do its trick.

What was the first piece of art you created and what was the inspiration behind it?

It’s hard to remember what was the first piece of art that I’ve made since I was always scribbling and doodling on everything that I could get my hands on (especially things that I shouldn’t be drawing on, like walls as a kid). But the first real artwork that I’ve done, I’ve made it when I was 20. It was The Mermaid With Two Souls, and I’ve spent a good amount of time designing both her tale and story in my head. It represents the battle in one’s soul and the fight with inner demons.

What was your latest work? And what was the inspiration behind it?

My latest artwork is called The Banquet, and it’s showing the difference between what we see with our own subjective perception and what is really out there, what we can touch with our hands.

The Banquet

What is your favorite piece of art? 

It is hard to pick just one. As an art historian by profession, digging through centuries of amazing artists is my natural obsession. At the moment I am still quite infatuated with Beardsley’s drawings which I was studying for my master’s thesis. I love his simple style and on the other hand, how quickly he was evolving as an artist through his work. 

What are your biggest achievements so far? Both private and professional ones

Well, I’ve just successfully defended my thesis yesterday, so that’s a big one! Besides that, the moment when I saw my book published, all shiny and new and with hardcovers, that made me very proud. Also studying in another country where I sometimes had to gesture my way around the grocery store. Figuring out what makes me happy in life. 

What are the advice that you would like to give to the other artists?

Don’t always worry three steps ahead. It can block your creative process. Just do it, and don’t get scared when you mess up. The mistakes are just opportunities for making it better. 

Who are your inspirational artists?

Aubrey Beardsley and his curvy lines, Artemisia Gentileschi with her bravery and passion, and of course, da Vinci, because he was the most curious human being ever born. 

What do you think are the biggest challenges artists are facing currently? And why?

In the light of the current economic and social circumstances, it seems like art is not the first priority for many people – often those that give out fundings for study programs and decide where the money will go. The biggest challenge for artists, especially young, can be financial stability that will enable them to work on their talent in peace, without worrying about paying their bills.    

There were always amazing artists in the world. But the difference between past and now is the internet; nowadays it’s easier than ever to share your passion with the world and I see no reason why we’d hide in our drawers things that we love the most.

What do you like about ArtandMe?

“I like the fact that everybody can join. The platform gives equal opportunities to each and everyone, so one’s performance is based entirely on his or her talent. I also really appreciate “the most recent artwork” section which enables people to quickly spot all recently added artworks and newly joined artists. “

The US Census Bureau states that only 10 percent of art school graduates end up working as full-time artists. The other 90 percent, they change careers, they work in marketing, sales, education and other fields. I think Amadea is right: The biggest challenge for artists, especially young, can be financial stability. In the age of connectivity and internet, we need to be more creative about how to revolutionize our experience of art and seamless embedded art content into our daily lives.

More of Amadea’s art at https://artandme.space/artist/amadea/