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DISPOSABLE PLASTIC SCULPTURES WITH JELENA BOGDANIĆ

Jelena Bogdanić

 

Explore Jelena Bogdanic’s journey as a young croatian artist and discover the innovative, sustainable concept of her mind-blowing sculptures!

Words By Sophie Badaoui

08/06/2021

Jelena Bogdanić

If you thought the world could run out of artistic innovations, think again. Jelena Bogdanic’s sculpting concept is definitely one of them. Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1998, the artist has been brought up by a passionate mother who introduced her to galleries and exhibitions and encouraged her to cultivate her creativity. She recalls, “When I was bored as a child, my mother gave me tempera, a brush and paper. My artistic path was unavoidable.” As she followed her promising destiny, she had to face a much more disturbing reality: walking down the streets of Zagreb made her aware of the atrocious amount of plastic waste around her.

Strongly committed to fighting against excessive plastic waste, Jelena decided to pursue her exciting journey with a deeper meaning. As a matter of fact, her whole artistic approach and professional style rely on giving a used material a new purpose: by melting disposable plastic, she creates unique sculptures that embrace the unpredictability of her art, as well as the “materiality, aesthetics and poetics” of plastic. It is thus with no surprise that disposable plastic has become her “main art material for three years now”, as she would highlight, and probably what could make her stand out as a promising artist. During the melting process, she immerses herself in her thoughts and explores her own creative skills. She shares, 

“My works are mostly abstract. The forms of my sculptures are created intuitively, by observing the dissolution of the material.” Jelena Bogdanić

Jelena Bogdanić

Jelena Bogdanić

Despite her young age, Jelena’s academic background has already cherished her with fruitful experiences, shaping her artistic perspective: as a second year graduate student majoring in sculpture, she has been under the mentorship of artist Vlasta Žanić and attended Mileta Prodanović’s class at the Belgrade Faculty of Fine Arts during her Erasmus + program. Moreover, her participation in group exhibitions in Zagreb, Labin and Dublin allowed her to explore different visions of art in different cultures. If that wasn’t enough, she has been an active member of the Student Union of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. All these one-of-a -kind experiences have contributed to her quest in finding her own aesthetics and inspiration.

What is more interesting is her art’s connection and dedication to sustainability, as a mirror of her own beliefs. In fact, her shopping habits speak for themselves, as she prioritizes buying local rather than adhering to fast fashion’s toxic consumption culture. Needless to say, plastic bags are a big no for her! As you can see, sustainability means “everything” for her. She acknowledges, “We have to act realistically. The excessive “luxury” of consumer society takes us away from the true luxury of small things like nature and encounters.” Now who could disagree with that?

Finally, as a main advice to give to other young people, she reflects on the importance of artistic integrity, or in her words, 

To be honest in your work and tell your own truth.”Jelena Bogdanić

Jelena Bogdanić

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