I was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and moved to the United States in 1999. I live and work in Seattle, Washington.
2017 MFA Tyler School of Art / Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2005 BFA Cornish College Of The Arts, Seattle, WA
Evidence of human presence and history is imbedded in the artifacts of environment. It triggers memories of tactility of domestic space and urban material in transformation. It points to the impermanence of matter which most vividly presented itself in the physical transformation of my native city of Sarajevo and all of its life as the war rolled over us during my adolescent years. This experience has necessitated a search for a visual space where abstraction and figuration meet, often materializing in organic forms representative of the self.
Permanently removed from its geographical origin, the self exists anywhere through the shared human condition, and yet, in an environment where construed narratives and social definitions obscure the simplicity of being human. It travels through tactile remnants of human activity, searching for internal balance within a foreign environment. It reflects a sense of displacement and oddity of existence within physical and temporal parameters.