Born in former Yugoslavia and currently based in the Bay Area, I am a photographic artist specializing in camera-based and lens-less techniques (photograms) using antiquarian and alternative processes.
I am drawn to imagery where the physicality of the handmade object impacts the viewer’s experience and the medium itself shapes the storytelling. I often look to natural forms for inspiration, which reflects my connection to nature and concern for its survival in light of anthropogenic impacts on species and ecosystems. I am particularly drawn to illuminating forms that are seemingly mundane and easily overlooked, seeking to highlight their intrinsic significance as well as to impart new meanings.
Over the years, I have focused on developing a distinct visual language using wet plate collodion, painting inner landscapes and conjuring up moods and metaphors. The fluidity of my chosen medium allows me to experiment and push photographic boundaries, in a pursuit to reveal the ordinary as something mysterious and extraordinary.
In my photogram work, I employ the duality of shadow and light, simplicity and intricacy, to explore themes of time, transience and life-cycles. These visual poems represent my “creative response to loss;” a search for beauty, even in the expired, fragmented, and broken; a manifestation of the unconscious.
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