I was born in a country that no longer exists, in a city that changed countries three times in my life time (and three more in my late grandparents’). This provides me with endless inspiration for my work: From writing to design to art, I explore absence, memory, nostalgia, and layerings and fusions.
- In Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, I reported on disappearing wartime memorials. I’ve covered the disappearance of time in Havana, Cuba. In 2014 I won Oregon Quarterly magazine’s Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest with a piece about the erasure of an abandoned home. And my book Guerrilla Yardwork: The First-Time Home Owner’s Handbook is a yard-care guide written in the style of guerrilla warfare manuals.
- A dabbler, I approach design with an eye for negative space and overlapping textures.
- Carved books, embroidery on paper, and altered maps remove as much as they infuse, erase as much as they layer, and say as much as they conceal.
My current, multi-year project, Remembering Yugoslavia, combines academic and journalistic writing (blog) with documentary photography (Instagram) and audio recordings (podcast) to trace the memory of another disappeared country.
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