About the Artist
I am Croatian. I was born in Bosnia. I started doing art after the war, and immigrated to Canada from Croatia in 1996. As a newcomer to Canada who didn’t speak English, art was a medium I could communicate in. While I have not had formal training in the arts, I have always been involved in designing, creating and building things. I have been mentored or apprenticed by others in the construction industry, or have been self-taught how to work with the materials used in my art.
Earlier pieces were made from sheet metal and objects found in nature, reflecting my relationship with the outdoors. Many of my pieces are made with materials I use in construction. For example, the paint I use is household paint. Sculptures are made from drywall mud, expansion foams, plywood, concrete and wood – everything I use in daily work. While pieces are imagined from living people, the expression I am trying to capture is a moment in time when the body surrenders itself to the infinity of multiple expression.
More recently I’ve been experimenting with clay, and the shadows I can create with suspended pieces created with a PLA filament and 3D pen. PLA is a type of polyester made from fermented plant starch from corn, cassava, maize, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp. The sugar in these renewable materials is fermented and turned into lactic acid, which is then made into polylactic acid, or PLA.