A Fresh Look At a Mature Face
Jelena Bulajic, an art student from Serbia, is passionate about two things in life: art and caring for the elderly. In her host community, Mankato, MN, where she has been studying at Minnesota State University-Mankato, Jelena found an excellent opportunity to do both of her favorite things. Every Friday afternoon for about eight months, she has been going to Laurels Edge Assisted Living to spend time with the residents and work on their portraits.
The idea behind the portraits is to bring attention to the elderly as a marginalized group. Jelena says about her models: \”The people whom I depicted in my works are the ones who spoke hardly any word with me, but people who gazed back, and whose silence, age and erudition, therefore, I sought to communicate.\”
In April 2012, Jelena\’s works were displayed at the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium, and she received the Best Presentation Award from her host university. Her grand-scale portraits will be exhibited in the Centennial Student Union on campus until she returns home in May.
The Mature Lifestyle magazine featured Jelena’s efforts at documenting the faces of the aging in the Wrinkle in Time article (see pp. 16-17).