Meta Mezan

BA (Hons) Fine Art and Illustration

Friday Night Philosophy, acrylic on canvas (80 x 100 cm)

My name is Meta Mezan, I was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where I currently live and work. Since I can remember, I was creative, that is why I decided to study Fine Art and Illustration at Coventry University, where I am finished my undergraduate studies. It was here that I furthered expanded my knowledge in printmaking and animation, which influenced my painting. Before coming to university, painting was my main medium, now I primarily work in painting, printmaking, and digital illustration/animation. My first group exhibition was part of the festival Lesbian Quarter in 2014, titled Spaces, Traces, and Shadows. In 2018 my work was part of the exhibition in Ravnikar Gallery, titled Air4. I received three awards for the top 10 finalists for Art Open, for drawing in May 2017 and April 2018, and for painting in June 2017. In 2020 I was chosen in an open call on the first Slovenian platform for contemporary artists - Artopolis (you can watch the video here: https://beta.artopolis.si/tv.php ) . In 2020 I became a part of the Animated Women Club (you can see the exhibition here: https://www.animateka.si/2020/en/animated-women/ ). Right now, I am founded by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture to study abroad.

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Although all aspects of my life influence my work, I can say that Philosophy is the most significant one. Main theme in my practice is social justice, which reflects differently in each piece of my work.
In our time spent in Monokel, we all share the memory of somebody asking for a straw. At the beginning we didn't know what they were up to, but we soon found out that the straw was a tool used for getting high. That fact, combined with our compassion for sea turtles, lead us to the decision to ban the straws in the club. "A maš slamco?" translates into: "do you have a straw?"
Tiffany is another part of the club, where you can dance on a most popular songs of gay community. It is usually the most crowded space in the whole club. That's where you go if you want to smell intense smell of sweat and feel the walls surrounding you. The crowd is so dense, that it is impossible to fall on the floor there. If you want to enter, you inhale, and hold the breath, lift your hands and try to find a piece of space to move in.
What is a Friday night without going out? Even though we like to say that we are going to Tiffany and Monokel, we usually spend most of the night in front of the club, talking and drinking. Once the night isn't so young anymore and we all had a bit too much to drink, that's where our deepest philosophies start. We are usually saving the world, debating on how we could overcome the obstacles in our society and how we could preserve the nature. Those deep debates usually end up forgotten the next day with a company of a headache.
This memory is more personal, but I've heard the same phrase all around Monokel and Tiffany. My brother and I didn't get along, while we were kids. He was against LGBTQ community, and I was afraid of how he would react to the fact that I was part of it. But once he found out, he accepted me as I am, and our relationship changed. One time, he decided to go with me to Monokel. We had a really good time, but the memory I will never forget happened in between Monokel and Tiffany. There is a colourful chandelier, and once my brother saw it, he stopped, his eyes grow big and watery and all he could say was a quiet: "kako je lepo" ("how beautiful it is")
Sticky floor is one of the collective memories. I like to think that it makes you more aware of the gravity.