Picturing Evanston

Daniela Kovacic

What brought you to Evanston?
My husband and I made the decision to move from Chile to the United States. During the transition we stayed with my mother-in-law who, at that moment, just moved to Evanston. It took us very little time to fall in love with this town and make this place our home.

How does your environment inform your art?
I have always been really self-absorbed when it comes to my work so I tend to think that what surrounds me is not of great importance, although I know it is, because it affects me in different ways that ultimately shows up in my paintings. I am not always conscious of this while I am creating but I come to an understanding of it later. When I went back to Chile I was heavily driven to portray my hometown landscape in my work, since I knew I was going to leave it again. 

Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.
My work has changed a lot throughout different periods of my life, but what has been consistent, other than the medium I’ve chosen, is that I examine topics around self-identity and collective identity, mainly through the depiction of women and children. I would like to define my work as “silent” paintings. I am not sure they are quite there yet, but that’s what I’m aiming for.

What is your medium?
Oil on Canvas.

What are you currently working on?
Right now I am immersed in a new series of large format paintings, depicting woman during the act of getting dressed. These women are situated in common interior settings, mostly in a self-absorbed attitude. This work it is not exactly about getting dressed but is about this little moment before going out to the world, or the preparation to be accepted, and the interruption of a subtle intimacy. I feel there are a lot of meanings and contradictions in this series but that is what makes it stimulating to me.

Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.
Brothers Quay, The Epic of Gilgamesh

Why art?
It is going to sound dramatic but I would be limping through life with out it. For me it is a necessity.

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