Artist Bio and Statement
In my search to embrace one art subject, I realized that all art forms fascinated me. I ultimately found a way to integrate them all and found the unity I sought. Central to my artistic desires has also been a strong relationship to the natural world and its rich elements. One day while sitting on the sand at the beach, I had a strong reaction that I was indeed surrounded by my art medium: Sand! It was then that I created my first piece by mixing sand to another medium and constructed my first sculpture, a hat. These sculptural hats were exhibited widely around the country and exposed my creative process to various audiences. Art is a journey, and all these experiences ultimately brought me to my paintings while never losing sight of how the materials in nature inspire me. My ideas have no barriers to becoming real.
I also realize that my oceanography, geography, and history studies have inspired my art-making. The wonders of human existence intrigued me and made me reflect on my own existence. I started to explore how to connect the physical world, the world of matter, to memories and fugacity. The cycle of our planet, going billions of years back shows how everything is constantly moving, leaving nothing except the nature that absorbs and rejuvenates life on our planet.
Lidija was born in Croatia surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, where she attended the School of Art and Design and received a degree in Scenery Design. From a very young age her life was centered around the arts. At sixteen, she started making sculptural hats, finding her inspiration in nature. She exhibited the hats around the country while working at the ceramic studio and acting at the local theatre. In her twenties, Lidija moved to the US, where she continued her art studies and earned a master' in Education. While pursuing her art, she is also an Art Director at the Special Needs Art Program. Lidija designs art curriculums for children and adults, who, with their selfless approach to the world, continue to inspire her own artistic journey.
Lidija lives in Rockport, MA, close to the ocean reminiscent of her hometown in Croatia, where her artistic foundation began.
She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, Cambridge Art Association and the Rockport Art Association Experimental Group. Lidija exhibited her work in Sweden, Canada, and the US.
Rockport Art Association- National Prize Show, Rockport MA -Cape Cod Art Association- This Day In, Hyannis MA - Cambridge Art Association- National Prize Show, Cambridge MA - Western Avenue Studios, Lowell MA - Raw- International Art Organization, Boston MA - Katherine Shultz Gallery, Cambridge MA- University Place Gallery, Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist, Lowell Ma - Malden TV Center, Malden Ma - ArtGate Gallery, Boston Ma - Memorial Hall Library, Andover Ma - Port Moody, British Colombia, Canada- Square Inch Gallery, New York NY - Wave Gallery, New Haven CT- Artlan Gallery, Volosko, Croatia - Malmo, Sweden -Croatia - hats exhibition & shows