Meet the artist / Nataša Prosenc Stearns

Who are you and what do you do?
Nataša Prosenc Stearns, video artist and director.

Describe your work in three words / adjectives.
Audiovisual, multidisciplinary, intimate.

Best advice on the art world you've received?
The most important thing in artistic creation is the abandonment of expectations and ideas. Agnes Martin

Artwork / author / music / movie that has been your favorite lately?
David Byrne: American Utopia.

What do you fear when you create?
That the actress will miss the shoot.

What creation tool would I not be able to live without?
Without intuition.

What do you consider to be the biggest success of your artistic career so far?
The privilege of dealing with things that excite and attract me.

How do you view the positive or negative critique of your creation?
R44445rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr5 (My cat just crossed the keyboard.)
Otherwise, there has been no art criticism for some time.

Name an artist that you would like to be compared to.
Cave painters.

How did the pandemic mark your work?
More time and less distraction is great, but the fact that we’re turning into technological gangsters in hausarest isn’t.

The relay question of the artist Jasmina Cibic:
An ideal project to undertake if nothing were an obstacle?
Direct transfer of dreams into a film or video installation, without filters of reason and memory.

Nataša Prosenc Stearns is an artist and filmmaker who graduated from the Department of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. It is there that she created her first videos, and later installations and films. The Fulbright Grant took her to Los Angeles, where she obtained her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Her works have been showcased in Slovenian and international galleries and museums; her project Gladiators represented Slovenia at the 48th Venice Biennial and won her the Prešeren Foundation Award. She has received a series of other grants and awards, and appeared for the second time at the Venice Biennial in 2015 as part of the exhibition We Must Risk Delight, Twenty Artists from Los Angeles. Her works are found in national and international permanent exhibitions, in the archive of the DIVA Station at SCCA Ljubljana, while she is represented in the USA by Ruth Bachofner Gallery.