Meet the Artist: Sandra Cvijovic
While many might know her by her pseudonym, GLN, the true essence of Sandra Cvijovic can be deciphered through her craft. At 33, she has already embarked on a profound journey of self-discovery, translating emotions, experiences, and memories into mesmerizing visual narratives. In her world, art isn’t merely a means of expression — it’s a vessel for stories.
👨🏻🎨“After facing a six-year whirlwind of creative stagnation, I found solace and clarity in drawing and illustration. These became my means to understand the world around me better, rediscover my voice, and dive deep into everything that piqued my curiosity or lit the spark of inspiration within.”
🌱Digital Curiosities: NFTs Awakening
Like a lot of artists rooted in traditional media, GLN initially found the concept of NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, a little elusive. But destiny had its plans. Through the insights of a trusted friend, she was ushered into the vibrant world of SolSea. This became a pivot point in her artistic journey, bridging the chasm between traditional artistry and the world of digital collectibles.
👨🏻🎨“Intriguing, to say the least, but it seemed like a universe far removed from my current reality. However, a close friend was my gateway into the world of Solana and SolSea. She demystified it, distilled the essence for me, and extended an invitation to be part of this innovative space.”
🌻SolSea: The Artistic Utopia
SolSea isn’t just another platform for GLN — it embodies a revolution in the art world. A space where barriers are minimized, and an artist’s creations aren’t just viewed but felt on a global scale. The platform’s intuitive ecosystem, devoid of complexities, is transforming how artists and collectors interact, making art more accessible and resonant.
👨🏻🎨“The entire ecosystem appears tailored to perfection. There’s an absence of ambiguity and red tape, and yet, one’s creations have the potential to resonate globally.”
On the topic of copyright and intellectual property rights, the artist has a clear vision.
👨🏻🎨“I’m gravitating towards a public/non-commercial stance. It really resonates with my current ethos.”
Canvas and Pixels: The Dual Magic of GLN’s Creations
Behind every piece Sandra creates, there’s an intricate dance of inspiration, intuition, and innovation. She often embarks on her creative journeys with simple sketches, letting the lines and strokes lead her. When the digital realm beckons, PROCREATE acts as her primary medium.
However, she hasn’t abandoned the tactile allure of hand drawing, frequently merging the digital with the hand-drawn, with tools like colored pencils, Photoshop, and Illustrator completing her artistic arsenal.
👨🏻🎨“My journey of creation is drenched in magic. My beginnings are always rooted in rudimentary sketches.”
PROCREATE is her digital canvas, while colored pencils come alive when she opts for a more tactile feel. Photoshop and Illustrator act as her supporting cast.
Life in its myriad forms fuels GLN’s art. Everything, from the complexities of human psychology to the serene beauty of nature, finds its way into her artwork. And now, with the limitless horizons of the NFT space, her art has found a broader canvas, touching souls worldwide.
👨🏻🎨“The profound realms of psychology, the serenity of spiritual ascent, the lush tapestry of flora, the intricate marvel of the human form… all intertwine to inspire me.”
The NFT space further amplifies this, offering her creations a global stage.
🌸Dreamt and Desired
The prospect of collaboration, especially in the NFT realm, is an exhilarating one for the artist. Names like Virgil Abloh and Phillippa Price, who have redefined the parameters of art and design, top her wishlist. It’s not just about combining styles; it’s about crafting a symphony of creativity.
👨🏻🎨“From the captivating design philosophies of Virgil Abloh to the visionary insights of Phillippa Price, the potential tapestry of joint ventures feels limitless.”
On the music that would grace her VR NFT exhibitions on SolSea, GLN envisions an eclectic mix. “Imagine a harmonious blend of early female R’n’B artists’ tunes reminiscent of Beyoncé’s genius, fused with the distinct vibes of Solange, Doja Cat, and the dynamic energy of Marc Rebillet.”
Ripples in the Digital Pond
The NFT community is vast, diverse, and ever-evolving. While Sandra has been warmly embraced, she acknowledges the challenges. Not everyone fully grasps the concept of NFTs. Yet, she remains optimistic about its future, seeing it as the next chapter in the world of digital art.
👨🏻🎨“When you’re first learning about Solana and the world of NFTS, my advice is to dive deep. The ocean of knowledge is vast, but the treasures it holds are worth the dive.”
While there’s a sense of unfamiliarity among some, the artist believes in the enduring potential of NFTs.
👨🏻🎨“The community has embraced my creations with warmth and enthusiasm. Their feedback is a cascade of encouraging words and insights. However, I also sense a realm of unfamiliarity amongst many, stemming from the novelty of the NFT concept. But as with all innovations, I believe it’s only a matter of time before it becomes an integral part of our cultural tapestry.”
Summarising her journey from blank canvas to minted NFT, she chooses five poignant words:
“Challenge, resilience, faith, learning, enlightenment.”
🍒Venturing into Virtual Realities: “Allow Yourself” on SolSea
Recently, GLN has taken a groundbreaking step forward in her artistic journey by embracing the immersive potential of VR. Her debut VR exhibition on SolSea, titled “Allow Yourself,” is an invitation for art aficionados to not merely view her artwork but to experience it in an enveloping digital space.
Walking through the virtual space, attendees are met with a myriad of emotions. Each piece, beautifully displayed, beckons the observer to step closer, interact, and fully immerse in the narrative intricacies crafted by GLN. With every pixel and every shade, you can feel the raw emotion and profound thought behind the artwork.
“Allow Yourself” is a potent call to action. It urges viewers to let go, to be present in the moment, and to genuinely feel and connect with the art, nature, and the feminine side. This isn’t just an exhibition — it’s a journey, one where GLN’s profound connection with nature’s femininity and her personal experiences are laid out in pixels and VR constructs for the world to see, feel, and most importantly, to allow oneself to be moved by it.
🦋On the Horizon
Artists often keep their most cherished projects close to their heart, revealing them only when the time is right. GLN, with her myriad of upcoming ventures, leaves her audience on a tantalizing cliffhanger, promising them a spectacle in the times to come.
👨🏻🎨“While there are always wheels turning behind the scenes, I’m keeping the most exciting bits under wraps for now. Stay tuned!”
In retrospect, as we weave through Sandra Cvijovic’s unique blend of traditional and digital artistry, one realization stands out: NFTs aren’t a mere trend or a fad. They are a testament to how art evolves, adapting to times, platforms, and technologies, yet retaining its core essence — telling stories that resonate across boundaries and ages.