About Katarina's graduation project 'Orange & Blue'
"Staring at the Sun and the Sea. The scenery is magical and I feel relieved. The light and the colors nurture my eyes, and the images remain in my mind. Infinite combinations of Orange and Blue, compressed in a memory where reality merges with fantasy."
"Orange & Blue brings together materialization of memory and physicality of photography. I recall a very familiar yet sublime experience of Sunrise and Sunset, and use the means of Light, Form and Color to capture the essence of it."
Hi Katarina, congrats with your graduation! For starters, where does your love for photography come from?
I grew up in an artistic family which encouraged me to understand the world and talk about it through the language of art and design. Very early on I became interested in photography, but it was only throughout my studies at KABK that I understood what photography can be. Eventually, the focus of my practice shifted towards researching photography on a more philosophical level and implementing this research into designing environments which evoke photographic experiences.
Why did you choose Photography at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK)?
I felt how photography was much more than what I'd been taught in Croatia. Therefore I sought for a study abroad that would also enable me to experiment, work with other mediums and techniques and develop wide range of skills. By chance I found out about KABK, it seemed like a right choice and next year I was there.
How did you experience your graduation period?
The motto of our class was 'Push it to The Limit', and that sums up my experience of the graduation period pretty much. It was full of unexpected twists and turns, and by far the most exciting, challenging, emotional, fun, intense, productive, stressful, fruitful and rewarding period of my life. It turned out how everything is possible if you truly believe in it.
What's the most valuable lesson you learnt during your study?
Not to pretend to be interested in something that I'm not.
How does your workspace look like?
What are your 3 favourite places in The Netherlands?
1. Oostduinpark, Den Haag
2. James Turrell's Celestial Vault, Den Haag
3. Fabrizio's pizza @SupermarktNL, Den Haag
What are your 3 favourite Instagram accounts?
What have you recently seen that you think is great creative work?
It’s only been recently that I’ve seen Elspeth Diederix's work 'When Red Disappears' in real life. It introduces the world hidden below the surface of the sea and the way the visibility and intensity of colours changes the deeper you go. The gently sfumato light and color palette were so mesmerising that it was difficult to tell whether you’re looking at a 19th century oil painting, or a photograph.
What are your plans in the near future?
At the moment I'm going with the flow... Preparing for upcoming exhibitions and starting to make new work. Soon I'll have to leave my beloved studio so I'm also seeking for a new inspiring working environment.
Can you give one piece of advice to future students?
Take everything that schools offers you, and stick to what excites you the most.