About the artist

I was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and have often faced the challenge of fitting in and finding my place in new surroundings. Due to the circumstances in 90s Croatia, my family and I moved a lot. My primary school experience alone was spread out over 3 different countries and 4 different student cohorts. Through all this change, the two constants in my life were my family and expressing myself through art.  After completing my master´s degree in psychology in Zagreb, I made the choice to move again and have been living in Berlin for the past 5 years with my partner and our dog. I work full-time in IT as a Product Owner and juggle my day-job with my passion of making art. 

Living in lockdown

The 2020 pandemic and „stay at home“ environment pushed me to find a new way of coping with my emotions and anxiety (in addition to baking lots of banana bread). I spent most of the lockdown doodling away my negative thoughts & discovered urban sketching as a window to the world and an escape from the confines of my apartment. 

Why Layers? 

My art journey is closely connected to my mental wellbeing journey and the process of learning more about what makes me – me. With all the moving around and having to adjust to constantly changing surroundings, I never quite felt that I fit in, and I was continuously looking for my place in the world. For a long time, I equated blending in with being accepted.

I am currently on a journey to reclaim myself and reacquaint myself with all the parts of me that I disowned to “blend in”, be “liked”, be “accomplished”. I use canvas as a base for self-exploration and the creative process as a way of connecting to my emotions and teaching myself the importance of staying true to myself, no matter how much my environment changes. 

Why art? 

I create art as a means of self-expression and in doing so hope to inspire and empower others to proudly live their truth. I invite you to join me in a celebration of art as a means for not only self-expression but also self-discovery. With my art, I aim to motivate others to join me on this journey and re-evaluate how we as a society value blending in as opposed to showing our deeper layers and being accepted for who we truly are. 

I want to show that by challenging our internalized perfectionism and need to people-please, we can discover our true values and redefine what success means to us. 

As the world continues changing, let´s celebrate the beauty and intricacy of the concept of „Self“ and the rewards that come from being vulnerable enough to share our true selves with the world.  

Exihibitions: 

  • “Layers of Self”, August 2023, Galerie ErsterErster, Berlin
  • Work List
  • Deconstructed Sunset; mixed media on paper;  2023
  • Deconstructed; acrylic ink on paper; 2022
  • Creation; mixed media on canvas, 30x40cm; 2023
  • Exploring Darkness; mixed media on canvas, 30x40cm; 2022
  • Frostbite; mixed media on canvas; 18x24cm; 2023
  • Searching; mixed media; 2 canvases each 20x20cm; 2022
  • Fall of the wall; mixed media on canvas; 30x40cm; 2023
  • Remember to dream; mixed media on canvas; 29x29cm; 2023
  • Slay; mixed media on paper;  2023
  • Take Flight; acrylics on paper;  2023

 

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