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Tatjana Pavićević

In Perpetuity?

In her series of etchings, Sarajevo-born Tatjana Pavićević surveys the transformational impacts of modern warfare and the realities of living in a perpetual state of violence and fear.

Tatjana Pavićević. A Landscape for MOAB, Sequence I, 2019. Etching. 18 x 28 inches
  • June 2 - 30, 2022
  • Opening: Thursday, June 2, 5:00 — 8:00pm

Printmaking has a special way of making its mark. Characterized by methodical and sequential labor, each image preserves a chronology of unseen steps. Ultimately, as etched copper is impressed onto paper, a transfer of information takes place and the irreversible impact of one material on the other becomes evident.

Channeling the symbolism and inherent narrative quality of this complex process, Pavićević’s In Perpetuity? explores the catalysts and casualties of our destructive tendencies. Her work illustrates the immeasurable costs of war through visual representation of a MOAB strike captured by military surveillance footage. The sobering sequence is horrific yet silent, a reflection of the distant relationship many U.S. Americans have with homeland warfare.

Punctuating these realities is Pavićević’s own experience of war during the nearly four-year-long siege of Sarajevo, and an awareness that what she lived through is now and always happening somewhere in the world.

This exhibition has been generously supported by a 4Culture Arts Project Grant.

About the Artist

Tatjana Pavićević is a native of Sarajevo, the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She emigrated to the United States after the Bosnian War. Having begun her studies at The Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, she went on to receive a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and an MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. She now lives and works in Seattle and is an instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center.