The Heroine’s Journey of Jelena Dojcinovic

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing about painting is that I don’t see it through the perspective of a regular job. The process of creation is very important. It’s the most beautiful part of painting, when the moment carries me, when I bare myself with myself and when I enter some cathartic state of mind. It’s very cleansing experience. After that I feel free, limitless. It’s a very strange thing, one that only painters will understand. When you create, all the negative feelings and thoughts somehow transfer into positive, I don’t how to explain it. It’s one of the most amazing feelings in the world.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? First of all I don’t think that perfect happiness exists, it’s all very relative. But also, I truly believe that it doesn’t take a lot to be happy, as opposed as it sounds to the first statement. Happiness is not material things. And very often it’s closer than we think and it’s all about finding it and recognizing it. Sometimes happiness can be a strong scent of a morning cup of coffee while I’m sitting on my balcony. My point is that happiness is a moment, just one tiny moment that we hold on to.
What is my greatest fear? I don’t want to talk about the fears that we all have, like, I don’t know, losing a loved one, those are default fears. My greatest fear is that will lose myself. My focus. My essence. My identity. That I will become someone I wouldn’t recognize in the mirror.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? At first glance, there are so many traits that I would change or delete or hate about myself and at the very next moment I love everything about myself. But if I must choose, I would like to be a little less sensitive to things, to people, to world. But I wouldn’t be me if my sensitivity would by any chance
lessen, so everything is okay just the way it is and I learn to embrace every part of myself, no matter how positive or negative it may be.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? All of them who are exactly what they are, who stayed what they are no matter what and no matter who or who didn’t believe in them.
What is my greatest extravagance? The way I think. By far. The freedom my mind has. The lengths it goes to. The erasing of any kind of mental borders. The openness. Sadly, today that is what considered extravagant.
On what occasion would I lie? I don’t lie. If I really, really must tell a lie, those are the most idiotic lies that wouldn’t hurt a fly. But iot all comes down to me telling the truth after a while.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Exposure. Public exposure. I don’t even like to be at the openings of my own exhibitions, to talk about my work. But it’s so closely related to what I do, so you gotta give something, right?
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I can’t point a finger to it. It is usually when I finish a painting or a drawing or a series and I tell to myself
that my vision came to life. That is when I congratulate myself, mentally. It’s never about an event or a date.
If I could, what would I change about myself?  Similarly to what I said about traits, earlier. I am really trying to love myself with all the good and bad things that are part of me.
What is my greatest achievement in work? The fact that I am still an artist, despite the circumstances, despite the finances, despite the society we live in. Not to mention the distorted image public eye usually have about the artists.
Where would I most like to live? Where I am, in my own country. But with the possibility to travel when and where I want to. I truly believe that every human, artists especially, feel the most like themselves right there where they are born.
What is my most treasured possession? Nothing material. My most treasured possessions are my memories. Precious moments with the people I love. Those simple happy moments that I talked about earlier. Everything good and everything bad. All of that combined.
What is my most marked characteristic? Expressiveness. Everything I do I do with passion.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My whole life I switched between little town and big city. At the same time I love big city energy and the quietness of a small place. I love nature and river shore and I love city squares with hundreds of people. What’s important is to find that perfect harmony and to cherish it.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? It’s not where it’s with whom. I can eat on the middle of the street if I’m with the people I love.
What books influenced my life and how? I cannot pinpoint the exact one. With me, it’s more about the literary directions that affected me and my life. Romanticism, for instance, because it places feelings and individuality above all else. And with me it’s all about feelings and the inner.
Who are my favorite writers? George Gordon Byron, Arthur Rimbaud, Federico Garcia Lorca, just to mention a few. I am a huge fan of romanticism poetry, which inspires me greatly.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would listen something that brings back the memories. Something that brings back the people I love to mind.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I love those atypical Disney princesses. Not the ones that waited the prince to save them, but the ones that fought for themselves, for freedom, for love, for their people.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All of those people who survives despite everything that life throws at them. Those kinds of people who keep a smile when times are hard.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? This is very hard for me to choose, considering that I am the biggest fan of films. But if I must, it would be “The Great Dictator” with Charlie Chaplin.
What role plays art in my life and work? The most important one. It’s inseparable part of my life, of my being, of my existence. I think that says it all. Art is what makes this world a better and prettier place. It gives us an opportunity to create some other worlds, to escape reality, to express ourselves in the most creative way there is.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My mom. Maybe at times she does not understand what I do, but that doesn’t stop her to be my biggest fan, my number one support, my shoulder to cry on, my everything. She believed in me since the beginning, since I was little and I truly believe that that’s what’s most important – to have someone support you from day one.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? No one in particular, but I am always open for collaborations with institutions and galleries from all around the world.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019? Yayoi Kusama, I adore her extravagance and her madness.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I really look forward to all the new paintings and exhibitions that I am planning for 2019.
Where can you see me or my work? At the moment, on social platforms, where I update every important information regarding my work.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means that if you do something with the truest passion, with the truest version of you, if you do something that is true to yourself, that’s everlasting.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? My best friend, great artist and great sculptor, Jovana Krivokuća.
How can you contact me?
Via email jelena.dojcinovic@live.com and on my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/jelena.dojcinovic2
here is the link to my Behance profile: https://www.behance.net/jelenadojcinovic

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