I created an artist that I sent to work and now I watch him fulfill his masterpiece - himself. I do not understand him fully but admire him greatly.
Collage artist Sasha Knezevic collects different printed extracts of reality and recycles them into completely new forms of being. His ongoing curiosity and passion for change are what drive his work and continuous development both in the artistic field and in his former professions as a top model and professional basketball player. Turning old into new the artist unceasingly engages with the act of transformation, creating powerful works that inspire a sense of freedom in the viewer.
INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
Q. When did you start to call yourself an artist?
A. When I realized that an artist has to create his life first and then the art.
Art is a very big word that can block and confuse you if you don't have a clear vision. I have lived many lives and practiced many professions. from professional basketball player to top model and have always found a way to express myself in these areas individually and in my own way. Now, I let these energies and experiences manifest freely on the surface of my work. The medium can differ, but the principle remains the same.
Q. What would you like your work to evoke in the viewer?
A. A passion for transformation and freedom.
Q. What motivates and inspires you?
A. My muse. A mystery that urges me to destroy and create.
Q. Could you elaborate on that?
A. It is an inner truth that forces me to do things in a certain way. Not just when it comes to art but in life in general.
Q. Your work is collage-based, could you describe your process when starting a new piece?
A. The process is divided into two parts:
The first part is the process of collecting the “material” and that happens outside of my studio. The
street is a great place to hunt for new materials.
I especially love to collect street ads as they
represent our times - but not only. I literally grab anything I find
interesting from magazines to newspapers and posters to postcards and so on.
The second part takes place in my studio. Here, I prepare the glue and look at all these printed realities and then slowly start to recycle them into abstractions. The process from beginning to end happens spontaneously. I feel free and playful when I create. There is absolutely no fear of making mistakes, simply because I can always glue another layer over the parts I want to change. And Boom: old turns into new. I find this method very liberating and believe it can be applied to our daily life as well.
Q. Are there any other creatives, books, music or movies that inspire you?
A. I love Emir Kusturica’s movies, the poems by Charles Bukowski, the music of Goran Bregovic, the art of Al Hansen, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basketball is and always has been a big inspiration for me as well.
Q. Could you describe your work in three words?
A. Freedom - Recycling - Pop