Iva Milovanovic


BFA Student

Major: Ceramics

Graduation Year: 2016

Artist Statement:

Daily interactions resonate with my creativity into fantastical realities. Nothing and no one goes unnoticed, and nothing escapes my sketchbook. Feelings of pleasure, excitement and fear urge me to filter through these experiences and bring them to life. A friend wearing a ridiculous outfit, a lover with a hairy back, the temperament of a stranger, all coalesce as a combined caricature that acquires a new peculiar personality. The sculptures are pure pleasure combined with absurdity and represent me as much as what I love and repel in other people. When I draw and assemble my creatures, I take fragments of people's physical and non-physical personalities, combine and transform them into things that I understand better. The truths behind these creatures are my own, while the physical sculptures are for the world to see. They are there to inspire and represent how I see you.


Iva Milovanovic is a sculptural ceramic artist born in 1993 and raised in Belgrade Serbia. She attended School for Design Belgrade in 2012 in graphic design. Afterward she attended Faculty of Applied Arts Belgrade before transferring in 2014 to Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, where she studied under Kari Radasch, Lucy Breslin and Mark Johnson. Currently she is an MFA candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design and a 2016 summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.
Her work explores the interactions of everyday experiences into sculptural representations of pleasure and absurdity, an insight into what she loves and repels in other people. Her sculptural installations incorporate clay and other materials such as wood, metal and fabric, into fantastical realities. Daily interactions resonate with her creativity where nothing and no one goes unnoticed or escapes