Staff Show 2019: Jovana Knezevic Brankovic

In this series, we highlight participants in This Is My Day Job: The 2019 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 29, 2019.

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic

Tell us about yourself?
I am a Master of the fine arts and art history with a degree from one of Europe’s top art schools. I paint, draw, and sketch whatever makes me happy and occupies me at the moment, whether it’s landscapes from my travels, my dog ,my plants, or books that blow me away. The pleasure that I get from all my positive experiences are what drives me to try to convey my feeling to others through the canvas.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? What are some unique or interesting parts of your job?
I work as a Museum Assistant. The best part of this job is communicating with our visitors. I love providing interesting facts about specific artists or artworks and generally information about museum.

What is your favorite artwork? Why?
I never had a favorite peace of art or a favorite artist. There are too many masterpieces to pick just one. But I would single out works of Van Gogh, Lucian Freud, Anselm Kiefer, as they have always inspired me.

What do you like to listen to when you’re creating your art?
I usually play the radio or some random playlist on You Tube. I’m always so focused on my work so I never pay attention to music in the background.

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic, Sunset Boulevard 2018 Acrlylic on canvas

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic, Sunset Boulevard, 2018, Acrlylic on canvas

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2019 Staff Show (or your work in general)?
I want people to recognize me for my adventurous spirit. My ability to let go, in order to follow my desires and find what drives me. My art is a piece of me, and my opportunity to share my perspective and experience with the rest of the world. I lived in San Diego for 2.5 years and my artwork Sunset Boulevard is a part of the series I created in California.

Staff Show 2019: Isabel Matthäus

In this series, we highlight participants in This Is My Day Job: The 2019 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 29, 2019.

Isabel Matthäus

Isabel Matthäus

Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in DC but have German citizenship, therefore I never have seen myself as either fully American nor German, rather a happy mix of all the countries I’ve had the pleasure of living in throughout my life. Which also influences my approach to art, a happy mix of mediums. I received my Masters degree in art history but have always continued to make art on the side.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? What are some unique or interesting parts of your job?
I am a Museum Assistant and also occasionally help out with the AV Department. It is always interesting to directly observe visitors’ interactions with and reactions to the exhibitions. One single work can elicit a whole range of responses.

What is your favorite artwork? Why?
I can’t say that I have one single favorite artwork, as there are those I like for their meaning and concept and those I prefer aesthetically.

What do you like to listen to when you’re creating your art?
Post-Rock and lofi-triphop and also audiobooks

Isabel Matthäus , Safehaven, January 2019, Mixed media

Isabel Matthäus, Safehaven, January 2019, Mixed media

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2019 Staff Show (or your work in general)?
I created this work using the catalogue from the Wonder exhibition at the Renwick Museum from 2015 and tried to re-imagine the works I admired there. I didn’t plan out exactly what the piece would look like before starting it, but rather just went with the flow.

Staff Show 2019: Genevieve Martinez

In this series, we highlight participants in This Is My Day Job: The 2019 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 29, 2019.

Genevieve Martinez

Tell us about yourself?
I am a local artist from Washington, DC. I obtained my double BA in studio art and photography in 2018. In my free time I enjoy Ted-Ed videos and creating artwork. My passion for art began at age five, any surface became my canvas, including the walls at home.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? What are some unique or interesting parts of your job?
I perform the role of Museum Assistant at The Phillips Collection. I ensure the security of art and visitors of the museum. A unique aspect of my job is being around classic art. Also the stories shared to me by visitors.

What is your favorite artwork? Why?
It’s difficult to narrow down to a single favorite, but if I had to decide on one, it would be the Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence simply for the design aspect and historical purpose.

What do you like to listen to when you’re creating your art?
Lo-fi Hip hop, Jazz, and R&B

Genevieve Martinez, Form of Woman, June 2019, Acrylic gouache, charcoal and ebony pencils

Genevieve Martinez, Form of Woman, June 2019, Acrylic gouache, charcoal, and ebony pencils

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2019 Staff Show (or your work in general)?
As an artist, it’s my duty to capture everyday experiences then transform them into art. Form of Woman is a statement on the individuality of women. Women come in all shapes and sizes. More importantly, they are all Individuals. Many social norms and political issues attempt to outline the individuality of women.