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Interview with Mirjana Miric: Issue 4 Featured Contributor

"...something that I see as one image, you might see as another, and in the bleak world we live in, it is an ethereal communication that I will always cherish and always endorse." -Mirjana Miric

Mirjana Miric's visual artwork "Cult of the Goddess of the Sun" is simply breathtaking. Combining photography, Photoshop, watercolor, and other mediums, Miric aims to interweave sun symbolism with feminine agency in this multimedia piece, which she explains in this interview. In addition to elaborating on their vision for "Cult of the Goddess of the Sun," Miric offers a lens into their artistic process, inspirations, and more. We hope you enjoy Miric's thoughtful answers and beautiful art, which you can find in our issue here!

How would you describe your artistic style?

My artistic style is an amalgamation of several artistic directions that I cannot help explore and often play with including but never limited to combining double exposure photography, vintage scrapbooking elements and digital fractal lights. I am fascinated by the juxtaposition of humans, nature and technology and that reflects in my artworks. 

What was the process in creating this piece? What mediums did you use? 

As with all of my pieces, the process starts with doing lots of candid photography. For this piece, it started with photographing watercolour brushstrokes done in my home, then transferring it to digital form and exploring with it. My mediums always include something organic, which then gets put into the digital playground of Photoshop and the reason for that is that for me, it allows art to be playful without being wasteful in the real world.

Where did you find inspiration for “Cult of the Goddess of the Sun?”

The artwork was created in the early Spring. Nature is an endless inspiration for me and I often explore it via working with flora. This time around, I was finding a lot of inspiration in the Sun itself, and what it represents as a source of nourishment for our planet. Likewise, symbolically and mythologically looking, the Sun has always been told through tales of masculine energy, and my piece is my own dreamy exploration of ‘what if’ and ‘how’ to feel these energies and create them through a feminine, artistic lens.

What does the pictured woman symbolize?

I can only speak for what it symbolizes for me, which is the yearning to freely worship my own feminine energies which are ever-present, often abused, used and neglected, To me, it symbolizes the freedom to not only accept motherhood of both tangible and soulful concepts and my own artistic expressions but to also dream with it and worship it.

What do you hope viewers take away from this artwork? 

My only hope, with every artwork that I have the honour to show, is for the viewer to get inspired and to derive from it and create their own art, share their story, their word, their feeling and exactly as they want to.

How did you use color and shadow in this piece to accomplish your artistic vision? 

The colours and shadows I used were meant to depict the inspiration of a late afternoon, and of sunlight that, with its own colours sets down for the night both into the soul and into the structures that surround our daily lives. The lights and shadows were used to make the subject stand out, with all of the shadows, and all of the glows, again leading back and spiraling, into humanity.

What are other projects or future ideas you have for your artistic journey?

I am working on continuing my fractal faeries project, I am learning how to spill acrylics on small size canvases which I plan on digitizing and publishing as a photo book one can cut up and collage with;  and digitally, I have been enjoying visualizing poetry and short stories while reading them and simultaneously painting them, and I would love to continue doing that. Likewise, I will keep pursuing publishing my artworks as parts of wonderful lit mags such as yours, because seeing art in general in lit mags brings me great joy.

Anything else you would like to add about your art? 

I am thankful for the life and opportunities that allow my art to exist, and I am grateful for every inspiration that I can give to someone else to not just create, but feel the need to express themselves. I am partially colourblind and the condition is worsening as I grow older, but to me it is a forever bridge that art makes beautiful, because something that I see as one image, you might see as another, and in the bleak world we live in, it is an ethereal communication that I will always cherish and always endorse.

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