Sonja Zelic is an experienced visual artist who has worked across art forms, and collaborated with a diverse range of artists and audiences ― with years' of expertise working in participatory and often also ― site-specific settings. Her work uses documentation, writing and image making, to explore relationships between the physical, social, and emotional environment.
She devises, develops and delivers community based initiatives that respond to people, place and circumstance, that explore and seek to engender relationships between people, and between people and place ― working as an artist ‘on the ground’, in local communities where she has lived, worked, and studied.
Textiles/cloth is a thread that runs throughout her work providing its structure and base ―literally, metaphorically, and philosophically; exploring through writing (in the form of stories and conversations) and making, the concepts and possibilities evoked by the textile object.
Born in South Wales, she studied textiles/surface design at Cardiff College of Art, and Fine Art (Critical Fine Art Practice) at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.
The deduction from this is, therefore, not to draw a line you do not understand and cannot explain to yourself. Be definite before everything ― let every form you put on paper be something, explain something. ― May Morris, Decorative Needlework, 1893