Since receiving a distinction for her MFA (University of Wales, Newport) in 2008, Dragana has won numerous awards, including funding from Belfast Exposed, the Arts Council Ireland award, and a Bursary Award. She has exhibited internationally and her work is part of the Irish State Art Collection, University of Michigan collection and many private collections. In December 2013, Dragana completed her PhD research at the European Centre for Photographic Research.
Hotel Jugoslavija. Photo: Dragana Jurisic
We are deeply saddened to share the loss of Duša Isijanov, whose glass artwork we are proud to feature in Volume 7. Duša studied stained glass and painting at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts and in Siena, Italy. In 2007, she began BRAIN, a series dealing with the way people think, make decisions, feel, keep on learning, or sort daily experience during sleep. She was a cofounder of the international women artists group CREATIVAS in Germany. Like all artists who have passed, Duša’s body of work endures.
“I prefer to draw with lines in ink to give my work a more graphic look which was spawned from my love of comic books. I like the idea of creating realistic drawings in a medium used to draw fictional stories that take the reader completely out of reality.”
Taylor Mazer began his career as a working artist prior to graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration in 2012. Mazer’s work has been exhibited and published nationally since 2009. He currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI where he teaches at Kendall College of Art and Design as an adjunct professor. You can check out more of his work here.
Luis is the author of what i’m on (2009, University of Arizona Press) and Valid Lush (2012, Plumberries Press). Hailing from Chicago Heights, IL, Valadez worked as a teacher and in social services in Chicago before becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer posted in the People’s Republic of China from 2012-2014, an experience his more recent work draws from. More of his work, including audio of his poetry performances, can be found at luishv.bandcamp.com.