Through the examination of utopian intentions within architecture and interior design, the documentation of lived experiences through photo, object, and video, and the spread of propagated media, I employ interdisciplinary methods in order to study places of transition and national collapse. Flatness and realism combine in my work in order to create confusing, layered narratives that toe the line between fact and fiction and call capitalist approaches into question.  Ultimately, as a study of absence, aesthetic markers, and political relics, my practice focuses on the transformation of national memory.


Alena Mehić (b. 1995, Zavidovići, B&H; lives in Nashville, TN) examines ideas of utopia, nation-building, and the archive. Mehić received her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2021 and her BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 2017. Select exhibitions include STATE Gallery at The Forge, Nashville, TN (2024); Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC (2023); and Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN (2022). She is a past artist in residence at The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY (2023); Loghaven, Knoxville, TN (2023); and The Forge, Nashville, TN (2023-2024). She was a recipient of the 2021-2022 Master of Fine Art Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture from the Dedalus Foundation in New York and was featured in the 2022 MFA Annual Issue of New American Paintings.