November 2018

Stevi MatiJevic

PELA: Where are you from

STEVI: The New York Connecticut area                      

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PELA: What are you working on during your time at Elsewhere?

STEVI: I’m working on large scale sculptures, and big drawings, and doing body prints of people which are almost like castings where you take plaster and cloth and cover yourself with them or another human and they stand alone, it’s kind of a healing process where you’re being cloaked and then pulling it off and then you have to see it.

PELA: What inspires your art?

STEVI: I think experience, definitely experiences with my friends, just in terms of my life and my family, relationships.

PELA: Is this your first artist residency?

STEVI: No this is my second, my first one was in North Carolina called Black Mountain School— it was an experimental residency where artists come together as teachers and we learned from each other, and could teach our own courses.

PELA: Why did you choose to come to Elsewhere?

STEVI: There’s a couple different reasons, I actually have some friends here who mentioned it to me and told me how great the program is, and the people which are amazing!

PELA: Do you like Paonia?

STEVIE: Yes I love it!

PELA: How do you get people interested in your art?

STEVIE: I think having friends in a weird way, having a lot of people who are supporting you, and you’re hanging out together. People are interested to see what you’re doing and then it just spirals.

PELA:  What are your sources of inspiration for your artwork?

STEVI: I think to be true, live your true self especially with your artwork. You have to be honest with what you’re doing and that really is my motto.

PELA: Do you ever get tired of making art?

STEVI: No never, I think it’s something that whenever I wake up, if I’m not doing something creative I feel like I’ve wasted time. I love working with my hands and I love being outside or indoors building something, I love getting crazy questions answered and constantly asking things.

Chelsea Rowe

PELA: Where are you from?

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CR: I am from Saint Petersburg, Florida, which is around the Tampa Bay area.

PELA: What are you working on during your time in Elsewhere?

CR: It’s funny because originally my plan was to work on some drawings that I was going to pair with some writings I was doing, but after getting to know the group that is staying here right now I decided to make some video projections to go on a sculpture made out of aerial silks that you’ll actually be able to get inside of. There’s also some experimental sound to go along with it.

PELA: What inspires your art?

CR: I’ve been working for a while in this sort of multimedia realm where one thing kind of leads to another. A sculpture, is also a painting, is also a video. And, I draw a lot of my inspiration from my hometown, in Florida, and also leaving Florida, and how alien other places are. Also, I get inspiration from the biology of different places and some very strange aquatic creatures. I think the weirdness of landscape is a big thing and the idea of communicating through biological means in a way that human beings are incapable of doing. I like to operate in that sort of headspace. I’m also really inspired by music. My art practice is sort of meditation. I like to build on ideas.    

PELA: Is this your first artist residency?

CR: This is actually my second time being here, at Elsewhere. Yeah, I was here for four months in 2016 and this was an awesome last minute opening they had, the timing was perfect, so I was able to do this residency and then go to grad school for two years, I just graduated, and then came back right after.

PELA: Why did you choose Elsewhere?

CR: The first time I came it was just really serendipitous. It was like “I got in?”. And a lot of the times it’s not easy to get into artist residencies. I had never done it before so it just seemed perfect. This time I just missed the place. I missed Colorado so much so then it just worked out perfectly again.

PELA: How do you get people interested in your work?

CR: I guess my website ( is a big part of promoting myself. Also I really like to involve people that I’m around and communities that I’m a part of because I really like that aspect of interactivity in my work. I like making things that are sturdy enough that they aren't precious anymore.  

Matthew Couper

PELA: Where are you from?

MC: New Zealand but currently living in Las Vegas

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PELA: What are you working on while your at Elsewhere?

MC: I'm working on two groups of paintings; ones for an exhibition in February in New Zealand, the other set is for a show in LA in May. 

PELA: Why did you decide to become an artist?

MC: That's a really good question. when I was young, I was one of those kids that could draw accurately and very well, even though now that is not what I am really interested in any more. I think it was an inquisitiveness into symbols and wanting learn what symbols meant because LISA(name of interviewer) is a language that looks like a symbol. Like LISA, a symbol  literāriās is originally a symbol. So it's wanting to kind of join together all these ideas of how symbols are used throughout society and history. So that's what I primarily do in my paintings.

PELA: How do you work best?

MC: I think I get inspired from working a lot. When I work really hard on my art I get a lot of inspiration from it.

PELA: What are your influences?

MC: I think as artist you see things most people don't see, so I am influenced and inspired by everything around me. That is also why I come to residencies, so that I can meet new people and see different places, it really inspires me .One of the big things that I am interested in is Spanish colonial art. I really like it because it is a great example of clashing cultures mixing together to make a new kind of art.

PELA: Is this your first artist residency?

MC: No. I have done a few other residencies. I started doing residencies about fifteen years ago.

PELA: Do you ever get tired of making art?

MC: Physically, yes but mentally, no.

PELA: What do you do to get others interested in your art?

MC: I'm still trying to figure that out. I use symbols in work because people usually have some sort of connections with symbols. 

PELA: What do you think of Paonia so far?

MC: It's beautiful. It reminds me a lot of my home town.