Learn how to see.
Realize that everything connects to everything else.
Leonardo da Vinci
portrait photo by Sara Sera
My name is Jelena, an illustrator and artist based in Austria who is mostly known for her black and white, line-based drawings. I find inspiration in many things such as music, movement, typography, nature or science. A combination of theoretical and visual research are constant factors within my work and I love to explore the creative process as a combination of drawing from observation as well as imagination.
By nature, I have always been a very curious person but never truly acted out on the impulse to explore. For most of my life I had been more of an observer, not a maker or creator of things. I did not dare to think of art as my path of life. It all changed in 2014 when I decided to quit my 9 to 5 job as an architect in order to allow my hands to finally create what my eyes have been observing all these years; in order to become an actual maker of art. The world as seen through my eyes is a place of moving structures and patterns where everything can be connected and disconnected. I feel most happy and authentic when I am able to reach a balance between narrative and abstract.
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science."
Albert Einstein, The World As I See It
Jelena works with a wide range of clients worldwide and focuses on illustration, logo design, package design, murals as well as private art commissions and tattoo designs. Of atoms and lines is a project that was launched in January 2017 and represents a range of self-directed works that are available for purchase.
She received an MSc in Architecture from the Technical University in Graz, Austria and a MA in Illustration and Visual Media from the London College of Communication in London, UK. She currently lives and works in Graz, Austria.
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