Sandra Andrijasevic Baraci

1. What part of the process of creating art do you like best?
I enjoy the most getting immersed in world of my own, my thoughts, and having while creating an inner dialogue, verging on insanity. I enjoy running away from reality, sinking deep within myself, and trying to resolve my issues whilst painting.

2. What is your working environment like?
I usually work in a state of fluctuating mess, which reflects the state of my mind. I enjoy the darkness in it and isolation that allows me to be immersed into pain and anger within me. There are paintings on floor in varied stages of being completed, as well as small space for meditation and time to myself.

3. What kind of (formal & informal) art training have you had?
I am self taught artist, which gave me the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them the hard way, and sometimes on the way learn few new techniques and approaches to creation process which would not be usually taught in art school. This has allowed me to develop a style of my own, where I am free to explore without being imposed a style of the others on top of me.

4. How has your art training affected the kind of art you produce?
I think being artistic outside of a school environment enabled me to truly channel my creativity outside of the constraints of rules and theories imposed on one in a classroom.

5. Name some important influences and inspirations in your art career.
I look towards my dreams or nightmares as means of introspection's, as something that drives me to create strong emotional imagery. I dream most of my paintings, not only the imagery but also the execution.

6. What has been the most difficult thing you have encountered in your work?
The most difficult part is trying to balance the fine line between total despair and sanity, and not fully surrendering to the darkness within me.

7. Have there been major turning points in your art career?
I don't think there is such a thing as a single defining moment, but I think there is a natural, gradual progression through hard work, passion and determination. Every day, with every work my art changes, evolving to something new.

8. What has been the highlight of your art career?
Every time I meet someone who enjoys my artwork, or has reaction to it is a highlight to me, because it lets me know that my work, things that are within me have touched someone and stirred someone within.

See more of Sandra’s artworks at:

Despair, Oil, blood & bronzing medium on canvas, 102 x 76cm, by Sandra Andrijasevic Baraci
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