1. PORTRAIT OF THE DEITY (RITUAL SUPPLICATION) 



Portrait of the Deity – ФРЕЈА (Freja), 2019
Framed archival pigment prints and bronze plaque
Center piece: 40 x 22.79 inches
Left, Right pieces: 28.5 x 22.79 inches 



Portrait of the Deity (Ritual supplication)
Series of 12 Photographic triptychs, single - channel video installation, performance documentation, and sculpture
2014 - 2019


I wanted to attempt a self-portrait that would prove cathartic; prove revelatory. I decided to put myself in the most uncomfortable situation physically and mentally, and then capture it with with the camera. I thought back to my childhood in Borovo Selo (Former Yugoslavia) and the humiliating punishments enforced in school: I had to kneel in the classroom corner for hours on dry corn kernels in front of the whole classroom. The punishment was very embarrassing and I often felt ashamed. I wanted to channel this feeling of shame, this moment when all I could think of was to perish from my submission. Since the civil war of former Yugoslavia in 1995, I moved a lot from place to place, and through this journey I met many people who were very significant to me and the development of my identity. Few I loved, desired, admired, worshipped. Few I grew to disgust. Some grew to disgust me. And some I hated for many reasons. Each one of them has played a formative role in my life. As I grew closer with some I grew separate from others, which allowed me to realize the psychological impact of these relationships. They were simply displacements for the lack of attachment to my mother: an attachment I have always struggled to understand. I wanted to make myself feel shamed by and for them through my own submission to their powers. Portrait of the Deityglanced backwards to the space and time of a younger me and those people of whom I became attached. The performance enacts a ritual of supplication, coalescing these psychological and physical difficulties of my becoming.

I performed this with eleven individuals. The last ritual is going to be completed soon.

Preview of Portrait of the Deity (ritual supplication). Performed live on April 26, 2019 at the Sullivan gallery in Chicago, as part of the MFA thesis at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


On monitor: Portrait of the Deity – Ритуал (Ritual), 2014– 2019
Single Channel Video (5:13 minutes)
Dimensions variable
Right wall: Portrait of the Deity – ГПБ (Gianpaolo), 2019
Framed archival pigment prints and bronze plaque
Center piece: 40 x 22.79 inches
Left, Right pieces: 28.5 x 22.79 inches



“my father’s munition pouch from the war”, bronze - casted corn kernels

cloth rag, blood

dry corn kernels

Portrait of the Deity – Kутија за мољење (Supplication box), 2019
Reclaimed wood, “my father’s munition pouch from the war”, bronze - casted corn kernels, dry corn kernels, cloth rag, blood.
Dimension: 29 x 9 x 8 inches



“Kad vidiš u letu dva goluba bela, ti se seti mene iz Borova Sela”
Detail of Portrait of the Deity – Kутија за мољење (Supplication box), 2019
ФРЕЈА (Freja) 
Cast bronze plaque
ГПБ (Gianpaolo)
Cast bronze plaque


On monitor: Portrait of the Deity – Ритуал (Ritual), 2014 – 2019
Single Channel Video (5:13 minutes)
Dimensions variable

Mark