Neža Jurman, working under the name Nez Pez, is an artist who cannot be categorised by any single artform. She bounds between drawing, painting, illustration, graphics, videos, graffiti, tattoos and robots. Her interest lies in intermediate spaces and the creative process itself, which she says is a product of genuine enjoyment, inspiration and playful intuition.
Drawing is Nez’s primary visual language, serving as a springboard for experimentation with other tools and materials. Deceptively simple works reveal mythological creatures, superheroes and fictional scenes of today and tomorrow. There’s little room left for people.
Her artistic endeavours are influenced by friends, subcultures, time and an interest in discovering new approaches. Her wide creative scope begins with introspection, where abstract images emerge from emotional states. At this point, a network of coincidences and uncertainties reveals itself; and the artist turns chaos into order (and vice versa). Nez’s work is a response to external influences and social issues. An example of this would be a project in which the artist explored a public space with a skateboard.
To Nez Pez, the city represents a limitless source of inspiration, investigation and observation. Overflowing puddles, flashing billboards, scribbled graffiti and other signs of life attribute the urban landscape with great artistic potential. The artist indulges in a give-and-take creative process: she draws inspiration from the outside world, using the accumulated material for further reflection in her studio, while at the same time bringing her art back into the streets.
Completely self-aware, she ignores conventional artistic direction. Nez doesn’t want to settle into any particular genre, and so she allows herself to reference her own shifting landscape of thoughts and emotions, or explores the clues hidden in the mayhem outside.