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STRUGGLE, Sanja Tomić




“These bodies are cages for birds or stables for beasts”  

                                                                               Abu Bakr


In my work I deal with the matter of human experience of struggle. 

The process in which the soul strives towards higher spheres in search of purpose, in the body that confines it in the mental and physical space of materiality.  

Through visual expression I try to clarify and give shape to this primordial condition, that has been considerably neglected in our contemporary society.


What interests me is to visualise the tension that arises between desires for finite and infinite.

That moment of struggle and inward striving is universal and common space to all of us; what makes us move, think and create.   


I explore this idea through language of visual art, using primarily drawing, different forms of printmaking, in combination with digital and video art.  

My intention is to connect with the viewer and convey the complexity of my point of view by using the inner language and symbolic forms, like dreams, skies or confined spaces. 


Since young age I was looking to understand the reality of things we can,t see. Staring at the skies for hours trying to see beyond that finite space. 

Many of my works started with attempt to go outside of the limitations of what I could see.


The most important artists and thinkers that influence my work are Bill Viola, Michelangelo Buonarroti, David Bohm, the poetry of Rumi and other Sufi theologians.

A combination of circumstances formed my vision as artist and person; my orthodox roots, two decades of life in Western Europe, marriage, three children, my role as teacher at the Royal Academy of fine Art in Antwerp and finally inclination towards spirituality and moral values.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sanja Tomić


SanjaTomic (1979) graduated from a Master,s Degree in Belgium where she lives and teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp. She participated in number of international exhibitions in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, China, Japan, Italy and Serbia. In Belgium, she has organised and was part of several art projects and participated in several foreign art residences.