Layers of Self

23. bis 31. August
15-22 Uhr
MAIN EVENT: Friday, 25th of August at 19h with live music performance
I invite you to join me in a celebration of art as a means for not only self-expression but also self-discovery. With my art, I aim to motivate others to join me on a journey of re-evaluating how we as a society value blending in as opposed to showing our deeper layers and being accepted for who we truly are.

I want to show that by challenging our internalized perfectionism and need to people-please, we can discover our true values and redefine what success means to us.

Let´s celebrate together the beauty and intricacy of the concept of „Self“ and the rewards that come from being vulnerable enough to share our true selves with the world!

About the artist
I was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and because my family and I moved a lot, I have often faced the challenge of fitting in and finding my place in new surroundings. My primary school experience alone was spread out over 3 different countries and 4 different student groups. Through all this change, the two constants in my life were my family and expressing myself through art. After completing my master´s degree in psychology in Zagreb, I made the choice to move again. For the past 5 years I´m living in Berlin with my partner and our dog, balancing working, painting, travelling, and exploring this colorful city.

Living in lockdown
The 2020 pandemic and „stay at home“ environment pushed me to find a new way of coping with my emotions and anxiety (in addition to baking lots of banana bread). I spent most of the lockdown doodling away my negative thoughts & discovered urban sketching as a window to the world and an escape from the confines of my apartment.

Why Layers?
My art journey is closely connected to my mental wellbeing journey and the process of learning more about what makes me - me. With all the moving around and having to adjust to constantly changing surroundings, I never quite felt that I fit in, and I was continuously looking for my place in the world. For a long time, I equated blending in with being accepted.

I am currently on a journey to reclaim myself and reacquaint myself with all the parts of me that I disowned to "blend in", be "liked", be "accomplished”. I use canvas as a base for self-exploration and the creative process as a way of connecting to my emotions and teaching myself the importance of staying true to myself, no matter how much my environment changes.