About

ABOUT

Maja Petric creates immersive art installations that engage human connection with nature and other living beings. She combines light with new technologies such as artificial intelligence, computer vision and spatialized sound to expand the multi-sensory apparatus through which art can be experienced. Her approach is research-based, scientific and technical. Fusing these disciplines with art lets her impact people’s experiences in a way that would not be possible otherwise.

She received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington (DXARTS) and a M.P.S. from New York University (ITP) on the topic of transforming the poetic experience of space through the experimental use of technology. Training at these pioneering institutions gave her an opportunity to explore various artistic methods to manipulate people’s senses through which they experience space cognitively and emotionally.

Since the year 2000, she has been researching, practicing, and teaching complementary potential of light and art to create the transformative human experience. On this subject, she had developed a theoretical body of knowledge that is embodied in her art practice that she thought at the University of Washington, Complutense University of Madrid, Technical University of Madrid, and European Institute of Design. In 2016 she has designed and directed the graduate program Creative Lighting at European Institute of Design in Madrid, Spain. Her research on the creative use of light is being prepared for publishing in a book - History of Light in Art.

Most recently, her artwork has been exhibited at Winston Wächter Fine Art Gallery, MadArt Studio, Google Permanent Art Collection, Microsoft Research Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Wonderspaces, Amazon Headquarters Gallery, Landmark Gallery in Hong Kong, Matadero, and Medialab Prado. Some of the awards she received include Microsoft Research Residency Award, Richard Kelly Light Art Award, two Thunen Lighting Awards, and Doctoral Fellowship from Croatian Science Foundation. Her artwork has been nominated for Lumen Prize, Arts Innovator Award, FastCo. Innovation by Design Awards, International Light Art Award by the Centre for International Light Art Unna. She has been an official artist in residence for the City of Redmond, WA from 2017 until 2020.

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Artist statement

I am an artist developing immersive art installations that evoke the sublimity of nature. Evoking nature allows me to engage people with their innate connection with the environment and other fellow humans to the degree that one can recognize unity with something greater than oneself in a vast and interconnected universe. To do this, I work on expanding the available artistic apparatus through new technologies. During experimentation across different media, I discovered that both natural and artificial light are an immensely potent tools to engage people’s perception, emotion, memory, and imagination. To enhance the impact of lighting and extend further the way people experience space, both cognitively and emotionally, I combine it with other new technologies such as artificial intelligence, computer vision and spatialized sound. The expansion of the artistic apparatus allows me to create new kinds of experiences that reach uncharted emotional terrains. In turn, such new forms of art can expand our comprehension of the world and what it means to be alive in the interconnected universe.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


Constellation - Santader Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 2020 - April 2021

Made Of Light - Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA, USA, January 2021 - July 2021

Made Of Air - Redmond Downtown Park, Redmond, WA, USA, December 2019

AI as an Artistic Medium - Redmond Artist In Residence Gallery, Redmond, WA, USA, February 2019 - December 2019
We Are All Made Of Light - MadArt Studio, Seattle, WA, USA, September 2018 - December 2018
Levitating Landscapes - Redmond Downtown Park, Redmond, WA, USA, September 2018

Lost Skies - Redmond Center Gallery, Redmond, WA, USA, April - December 2018

Skies - Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA, February - March 2018
Lost Skies - Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA, February - March 2018
I Saw My Birth, Love, and Death in the Skies - Redmond Lights, Redmond, WA, December 2017

Lost Skies - Gallery 4Culture, Seattle, WA, USA, October 2017
Skies Epitomized - Studio 99, Microsoft Research Gallery, Redmond, WA, USA, December 2015 - permanently

Panorama of the Skies, Studio 99, Microsoft Research Gallery, Redmond, WA, USA, December 2015 - July 2016

Skies – Studio 99 Gallery, Microsoft Research Gallery, Redmond, WA, USA, September - April 2016
Reduced Landscapes – 7i Gallery,  Kikekeller, Madrid, Spain, September 2015 - January 2016
Horizon is an Imaginary Line – Jones Playhouse Theatre, Seattle, WA, USA, July 2013

With No End – Storefronts Seattle, Amazon Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA, April 2012
Eyes of the Skin II - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA, January – February 2012

Eyes of the Skin - Meany Theatre, Seattle, WA, USA, 2009

Balkans – National Cultural Centers, Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro, June – September 2005

sfrj.net – Central European University Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, June 2003

Crash – SUNY Oswego Gallery, Oswego, NY, USA, May 2002

Beton – SUNY Oswego Gallery, Oswego, NY, USA, December 2001

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


I The Light, Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA, November 2019 - February 2020

in common, Wonderspaces, San Diego, CA, June - October 2019

Skies, Seattle Art Fair, Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA, August 2018

Skies Epitomized, 9e2 - 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, Seattle, WA, USA, October 2016
Reduced Landscapes, ARCO Art Fair, Art District Gallery, Madrid, Spain, February 2016
Skies de Palma and Looking Into The Mirror, Matadero, Madrid, Spain, September 2015
Skies, Centennial Center Gallery, Kent, WA, USA, June 2015 – September 2015
Collecting Light, Medialab Prado, Madrid, Spain, July 2014 – October 2014

Skies and Red of The Dry Falls – hydr0sphere - Interstitial Theatre, Seattle, WA, USA, November - December 2013

Shadow Inverted – Microsoft Research Gallery, Studio 99, Redmond, WA, USA, January – February 2013

Four Landscapes: History of Events - DXARTS Experimental Film Screening, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA, June 2010

outSIDEin - Interactive Telecommunication Exhibit, Tisch, New York, NY, USA, May 2006

Cloud Head – Interactive Telecommunication Exhibit, Tisch, New York, NY, USA, February 2006

Underwater Love – Interactive Telecommunication Exhibit, Tisch, New York, NY, USA, December 2005

Nice Sea Sky – Interactive Telecommunications at Villa Arson Center, Nice, France, August 2005

Croatia – Interactive Telecommunication Exhibit, Tisch, New York, NY, USA, March 2005

SELECTED AWARDS


Lumen Prize shortlist, London, UK, October 2019

4Culture Tech Specific Award, Seattle, WA, USA, January 2018
James W. Ray Venture Project Award Nomination, Seattle, WA, USA, June 2017

Arts Innovator Award Nomination, Seattle, WA, USA, February 2017 and February 2018

FastCo. Innovation by Design Awards 2016, New York, NY, USA, October, 2016
Microsoft Research Residency Award - Redmond, WA, USA, 2015
International Light Art Award Nomination by Centre for International Light Art, Unna, Germany, 2015

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Award, New York, NY, USA, 2013

Graduate School Top Scholar Awards by University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, 2008-2013

Croatian National Award for Science and Technological Development, Opatija, Croatia, 2010

Richard Kelly Light Art Award, New York, NY, USA, 2010