As young girl growing up in Croatia and Serbia, my family moved constantly, which made it difficult for me to engage with children my age. My introverted nature led me to discover photography and I’ve looked to the art form ever since as a safe place to explore my internal emotions to find peace and solace.
Fueled by my love for the camera and my need to visualize and externalize overwhelming feelings, I began composing surreal images while in medical school. At the time, I was unfamiliar with Surrealism as a cultural movement, but have always been fascinated by physical and mental mysteries of the human body and, thus, incorporated the form into my work. Guided by my intuition, I start each photograph by sketching the essence of my vision and gathering items that accurately depict my drawings. Then, I shoot the objects and/or people using double exposures on 35mm or 120mm film, which adds an element of curiosity. I also occasionally employ digital tools. Through these processes, each component of the photo is manipulated to build a layered oasis in which I juxtapose reality with imagination. My entire artistic approach serves as a therapeutic practice resulting in dreamy, surreal images that embody the unexplainable feelings and phenomena that I experience.
Photographers Francesca Woodman and Michael Duane influence my timeless, parallel universes. Each artist elegantly captures the invisible, emotional turmoil of the human mind. Using manual techniques,Duane and Woodman produced disturbing, yet beautiful psychological self-portraits that speak to me on a personal level for their raw courage and self-awareness.