Sonja Zelic is a visual artist whose inter-disciplinary, research based practice uses documentation and 'image' making, to explore interconnections between the personal, social, and political.
She also develops and delivers community based initiatives that respond to people, place and circumstance, and that explore and seek to engender relationships based on mutual respect, trust and equality, between people, and between people and place.
She has worked in collaboration with individual specialists, from shipping pilots, and owners of small retail businesses, to dance artists, musicians/composers and writers, and with partners such as schools, residential homes, special schools, youth clubs, museums, local authorities, and other community led groups.
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.
'A map can tell me how to find a place I have not seen but have often imagined. When I get there, following the map faithfully, the place is not the place of my imagination. Maps growing ever more real are much less true. ...Fold up the maps and put away the globe. If someone else has charted it, let them. Start another drawing with whales at the bottom and cormorants at the top, and in between, identify, if you can, the places you have not found yet on those other maps, the connections obvious only to you.' J. Winterson, Sexing The Cherry, 1996