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.
Everything is copyrighted, unless otherwise noted. I respect fair use but please check with me first, I’d love to know where my work appears (and if you’re cool about it, link back to you).