Dardana Hatashi is a talented artist, who works mainly on portraits and focuses on fantasy and other worlds as well. In the following interview for NY Elite, Dardana talks about her current projects, her passion for painting and creating, and her career beginnings in art.
NY Elite: Tell us a little about yourself and your career beginnings.
Dardana Hatashi: My name is Dardana Hatashi. I am born and raised in Sweden but both of my parents are from Peja, Kosovo. I used to live in Sweden but later on got a taste of freedom and culture differences and I haven’t had the need to go back to Sweden ever since. I have been all over the world – it’s been a dream. I used to draw/paint on and off throughout my whole life. When I lived in Sweden I had a few exhibitions with my twin sister Albana in Stockholm, Helsingborg and Malmö.
What projects are you currently working on?
Dardana Hatashi: Portraits, using mostly raw materials, trying to get to the core of things. faces.
What art do you most identify with?
Dardana Hatashi: I mostly identify with space, universe, nature and sculptures. There is something about installation work that gets me thinking and going against all that I know or think that i know. It is in the space between. the unknown.
What themes do you pursue?
Dardana Hatashi: Fantasy. Other worldliness. Daydream and reality.
What’s your favorite art work?
Dardana Hatashi: “Caries” by Henrik Uldalen.
Tell us about your recent exhibitions. What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Dardana Hatashi: My latest exhibition was in Stockholm were I showed my art to people together with my sister Albana. We have always been supported by friends and family but also strangers and fans when it comes to our art and I am forever grateful for that.
Tell us about one of your projects which you are very proud of.
Dardana Hatashi: I am currently working on charcoal portraits. I would probably not use the word proud as that’s a very hard place to reach for me, but I can tell you I did feel good after finishing this one piece, called FISHERMAN.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
Dardana Hatashi: To express yourself. To feel that freedom when you create something from your imagination. To be in that moment of meditation.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
Dardana Hatashi: Whenever I use oils, I always start of with a wooden canvas. Paint it with geso, do a bit of sanding. Afterwards I like to play some peaceful music on the background to get me inspired. My latest work are mostly with charcoal which I am experimenting with at the moment.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Dardana Hatashi: In some of my work I try to wake people up from this reality/society. It’s my own way of showing facts that there is more to this world than what we can see and touch.
What role does the Artist have in Society?
Dardana Hatashi: I am trying to make small changes (if I can not achieve a big one), and hopefully influence someone in a powerful way as someone influenced me.
What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?
Dardana Hatashi: You can easier connect with other people, be recognized now, than you could before – thanks to the internet. Many artists would have been unrecognized if it wasn’t because of that. And many more people wouldn’t have been inspired and motivated to paint if they didn’t know those artists.
How has painting influenced your life?
Dardana Hatashi: It has influenced me a lot. When I paint and draw that’s when my life is peaceful, more happy and harmonic.
What kind of art is unappealing to you?
Dardana Hatashi: An empty canvas.
What art movement or artist would you say influences your work most?
Dardana Hatashi: That’s on a constant change. For now it is Henrik Aa Uldalen.
What can we expect from you in 2018?
Dardana Hatashi: Lots of new work with different mediums and maybe an exhibition in London.
Can you share with us three favorite things about your city/culture?
Dardana Hatashi: I am still in search for my favorite place. My dream is to live far away from cities, where I will be surrounded by the fresh air, the amazing green nature and wake up every morning by the singing birds.
What social media can your fans follow you? Where can one order copies/prints of your work?
Dardana Hatashi: You can find me on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. Also on Etsy where I sell my prints and originals.