Photo by Mariah Karson, 2022

  
Vida Sačić (b. 1980, Croatia) is a Chicago-based artist. She earned the Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 2010. She has been the Artist-in-Residence at The Penland School of Craft and The Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago and works on long term projects at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Wisconsin and Tiporenesansa in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Sačić has exhibited in dozens of solo and group exhibitions across the United States and Europe, including at DeVos Art Museum in Michigan and The Center for Book Arts in New York City. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Artist Statement

Using my original as well as historic moveable wood and metal type, I print abstract word-landscapes, exploring body and class identity, immigration and labor practices.

I remix my own and historic narratives, subverting the original purpose of precision printing tools in order to create organic and dynamic, fluid structures using the printing press. My editions range between 3 to 10 prints, sometimes displayed in a  grid, utilizing repetition and sequencing as narrative techniques. My prints are occasionally accompanied by assemblages of printing tools and small scale clay sculptures which function as object translations of the printed word.

The content of my work is informed by the history of women printers, authors, typographers and typesetters. By working against the mechanical constraints of the historic tools developed in parallel with heteronormative, patriarchal, white suptemacist structures, I resist the impulse of controlling the outcome and instead create pathways for exploration through processes of layering, repetition and experimental inking within rigid structures. I work with opacity and transparency to reveal and also hide and omit, mimicking the ability of language to identify as well as obscure and impede understanding. I use the process of printing to explore how language can release but also restrict and bind when it is employed by rigid power structures.

My work tools are sourced from Southeastern Europe and the American Midwest, two locations central for my identity. I work with metal type cast by Croatian immigrants in Chicago. Working with Tiporenesansa studio in Slovenia, I designed and produced wood type Ms.Olga dedicated to an underrepresented Croatian typographer. I also tracked down and purchased the only surviving historic wood type in my hometown in Croatia and brought it to Chicago with me.

Curating and owning my tools of production is essential to my work. The history of printed language is also the history of history. Printing is the medium that defined and disseminated all other media until the invention of screens in the late 20th century. As such, it offers an ability to reexamine who disseminated our cultural narratives, how they were presented and who had access to shaping them.


For inquiries, please reach out via email to vidasacic@gmail.com

Instagram: @vidasacic