In countries around the world, there is a fascination with American life. I seek to demonstrate the experiences of life in this country through various vantage points. My work deals with culture, class, work, and money. I use art as a tool to forge new identity via confluence of the elements of my native culture with those of the West. In America, everything finds its way into the commodities stream, and my motivation as an artist lies in working within an established system while interrogating the very structure of that system.
I draw from various aspects of everyday life residing in America and cross-reference it with a history of growing up in Serbia. There is a sense of parallel between these two nations that exist in the same time but different time periods. They both are made up of immigrants that mutate and pass on information. I am interested in an aesthetic that forms around cultural stereotypes. Each economically broken country provides developed nations with new labor, talent, and types. In my work specifically, I explore the identity of undocumented, disfranchised, marginalized service industry people who are primarily left without a voice and border on or completely disappearing in the production apparatus.
While in Serbia in the 1990s, I held conflicting notions of what it meant to live the “American dream”. Fleeing a war torn country where government execution of opposition, police beatings, suppression of speech, and poverty are normal, and then coming to America on my own, has left me with a distorted image of self-expression.I have been profoundly influenced by war. The presence of war is not immediately evident in my work but rather in the attitude and materiality of a process of creating. In my work there is an ongoing interest in production and use of deceptive images of socialist propaganda, data profiling, Disneyesque advertisement, basketball culture,surveillance machinery, food fetish, culinary game shows.
2008 BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, MA
2006 ProArts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
2004 Associates in Digital Media, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
Shop Show, Fine Art Frameworks, LIC, NY
Working Artists, Academic, LIC, NY
Curated by Nolita, The Nolitan Hotel, New York, NY
Arts to End Violence, Ron Taylor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Parallax Futured: Transtemporal Subjectivities, Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, OH
NADA, NPR Bar, Know More Games, Miami, FL
4th of July Show, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY
Folk Painting, Folk Art Center, Ashville, NC
Future Land South, Asheville, NC
Rooftop Sculpture Show, Redemption Center, Brooklyn, NY
Painting Annual, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
Material Drawing, GASP Gallery, Brookline, MA
dRAWING Show, Weems Center, Boston, MA
Exposure, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Graphite plus Two, BF Annex Gallery, Boston
Sounding the Subject, Midway Studios, Boston, MA
Film Annual, Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Film Annual, Anderson Auditorium, Boston, MA
Darkroom Experiments, HCC Gallery, Holyoke, MA
Paintings, Canal Gallery, Holyoke, MA
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Timothy F. Nichols Drawing Breath Award.
The Ann and Graham Gund Scholarship.
Isabella Freedman, Falls Village, NY.
AICAD: New York Studio Residency Program, NY, NY.
Daniel Lefcourt Studio, Artist Assistant, Brooklyn, NY
Amy Henry Productions, Set Designer Assistant, New York, NY
Fine Art FrameWorks, Art Technician, Long Island City, NY
Paul Chan, Artist Assistant, Brooklyn, NY
Basil Restaurant, Chef de Partie, Brooklyn, NY
Vadim Bora, Artist Assistant, Asheville, NC
Center Street Café, Line Cook, Boston, MA.
Media Stockroom, Stockroom Associate, Boston, MA
Jessica Stockholder, Artist Assistant, Boston, MA
Grossman Gallery, Exhibitions Assistant , Boston, MA