Aleksandra Ilic Bjelica
Artist, Creativepreneur, and Mother in Detroit, MI
I have been learning and working, hard and smart, on the Art of Relationships for 20 years. I systematically approached this challenge by studying various scientific disciplines- psychology, communication, organization, neuroscience, philosophy, literature, art history. My profession, Organizational Engineering, is based on interactive communications and business partnerships enrichment. I led and participated in the establishment and development of organizations and projects, get connected with smart business people, worked with international companies and organizations, as an employee and an entrepreneur, always encouraging open communication, cooperation, and partnerships.
I was the lucky one selected for a green card on the lottery, and I moved to America 5 years ago. Speaking a language that is not my own, I find it difficult to express myself the way I want and truly to be myself during interactions with others. Additionally, challenges and transformations that came with my journey of motherhood, joined with my constant need for exploring the new and unknown, inspired me to brighten a new field where I can communicate with open honesty with myself and with the world.
While I move forward with braking limits of life circumstances, I learn to respect, cherish, and challenge further my potentials, and passions. I finally found the courage for being entirely honest and respectful with myself, and I changed the direction of my career path from business to the art world.
I paint a space for deep thinking where we feel free to explore and connect with our true self, so we can find the rest we need to make big decisions. My art inspires a rhythm that flames our inner spark, so we can talk with an open mind, and build relationships with others when we are honest to ourselves.
Meaningful conversations inspire me. "When do you feel free to be truly yourself?" For me, it is when I travel that I feel truly free. But I know it is not so simple to travel anytime we want. That question has triggered me to search further and learn how I can paint in a way that inspires such a feeling of freedom within our home or office.