Aleksandra Atanasovski

There is something painful about pearls

I took the title from the album All strings detached. The title itself is telling. I worked with pearls many years ago when I was working with human skin imprints. At that time they were in the context of missing pearls. Now I have depicted pearls that have come out of the body. I used Akoya pearls, South Sea and Tahitian pearls, silver and gold.

Aleksandra Atanasovski graduated in painting from the Accademia di belle arti di Brera in Milan in 1993 after graduating from the Secondary School of Design. In 1994 she went to India where she studied Tibetan Buddhism and learned about Tibetan ritual Thanka painting. She returned to Slovenia in 2001, worked as a graphic designer throughout her post-graduation, and in 2003 was employed as a designer at Fructal in Ajdovščina. From 2008 to 2010 she designed the local newspaper Prepih. Since 2006, after a long break, she has been designing jewellery. In contemporary art jewellery she has found her own medium, space and expression. She sees jewellery as a communication object through which she expresses ideas about society, the individual and about raising awareness of various phenomena.
Since 2018, she and Maja Licul have been running EHO Studio for Contemporary Jewellery, where, in addition to their jewellery, they occasionally host Slovenian and foreign artists in this field. This helps to raise the profile of the industry in Slovenia, so that it can flourish and become recognised, as it is elsewhere in the world.