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Name Day

Artist Violeta Capovska is interested in the practice of naming and its strong cultural and political significance.

Born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, Violeta grew up celebrating Name Day; a tradition whereby communities gather together to celebrate groups of given names. A derivation of Violet, the artist’s own name is celebrated on Flower Day. The act of naming women after flowers has inspired Violeta’s latest body of work.

Adopting traditional linoprinting techniques, the resultant prints are beautifully executed. Intricate wavy lines are translated through ink from linoleum blocks to paper and fabric, giving the works a slight three dimensionality. Interwoven amongst the botanical specimens are the names of historic female heroines taken from art and literature both real and imagined.

Violeta Capovska graduated from the Academy of Fine Art, Skopje in 1991 and completed MA in Fine Art at RMIT, Melbourne in 1995.

Image: Name day by Violeta Capovska 2012
Wall installation – Linoprints on BFK Rives paper, cutouts & pins
Dimensions variable

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