//Interview with Marco Milic
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Interview with Marco Milic

What do you aim to say by the themes in your art?

Nature is really beautiful once you slow down, connect with it and really understand what
nature is. Nature is not just a famous touristic location that you go to and be amazed by
waterfalls. Nature is everywhere around us. It’s amazing when you start noticing really small
things and every detail on the plant, on bugs etc. That is the main thing I, as an artist, want to
capture and show to people. As I like to say, “Nature is art itself, I don’t need to make it, just
capture it”, there is beauty everywhere around us, every day, and will be, if we don’t destroy
it…
And that is the second thing I like to show, and I feel like we have to. Once you come closer to
nature, you will also start noticing its suffering from human impact on it. And I feel like we
artists are responsible for sharing that with the world as well, not just sunny landscapes, but
also the ugly ones. Who can do it better than us? Scientists and politicians can say words,
theories, but we are the ones who show emotions, strong visuals that tell the story. Therefore,
I capture the beautiful and the ugly, because nothing is perfect. We need not just to admire
nature, but also make an effort to make it last.

Alien
Alien

-Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from a combination of nature and fantasy. I have lived my whole life in a
small village surrounded by two forests, one of them being the European rainforest, and I
have spent my whole high school days playing video games. I believe that this combination of
events drove me where I am now. Love for nature has always been there, and for all those
years spent on video games, my imagination grew. Making a great combination in creating
abstract photographs of fragments in nature.

-Do you have any experiences that have impacted your art?

I had the biggest impact while working with my father, a sculptor. That is when I chose my career
path will be artistic one. Pushing myself into the unknown, I opened a company in 2019, at age of 20,
dedicated to creating a functional sculptures inspired by the love for nature. In order of promoting company work and the necessity of high-quality images, investment in a quality digital camera was required. Quickly after picking it up, I felt in love with photographic medium itself and instantly dove into exploring the unknown.

Warlord Gnome
Warlord Gnome

-Do you feel your art challenges existing barriers ?

I feel my art is facing financial barriers that are slowing my work’s progress. It is challenging to
ignore them and keep working and stay self-motivated. But that is what I have to overcome to
realize my goals and dreams.

-What are your long-term artistic goals ?

My long-term artistic goal is to be able to dedicate myself fully to art. To be able to
focus solely on creating rather than worry about whether this can pay the bills or not, am I
better off employing myself or pursuing an art career? I feel there is so much yet to be
discovered in the photography medium, waiting for me to find it. My goal is to be financially
stable by selling my works, exhibiting across Europe and wider. That is my dream, that I my
goal.

-What advice do you have for aspiring artists ?

For aspiring artists, my advice would be, fight for it, don’t let others tell you it is not a real job,
only a small percentage do it and so on. If that is what you dream about, don’t ever stop.
However many times you fail, keep pushing until you do succeed.

Howl of Terror
Howl of Terror