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,