“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes”

Byron
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Panel 1

What’s in the name

My first name Maja is pronounced mah-ya, which sounds like “fire” in British English.  It also means “the veil of illusion” in Hinduism, which is reassuring since instability of meaning and fluidity of identity have been major themes in my life and my creative expression.

My surname Obucina is pronounced o-boo-tchi-na which comes from Serbian words for shoes, footwear and cobbler. Quite fitting too for someone who loves walking.

Panel 2

Facts etc.

A female, age 47 (in 2016), childless by choice and petless by compromise.

Originally from a country that doesn’t exist anymore – Yugoslavia.

Lives with her partner in a leafy suburb of North London (UK).

With one full and one half degree (English Literature & History of Art, respectively).

Looks terrible in yellow.

Double Taurus, with Venus in Aries, in 12th house and Moon in Capricorn.

Talks to herself – out loud – in public ever since she was 10 years old.

Can hold a decent conversation in Italian.

Panel 3

Loves

Art, solitude, long walks, dancing, her partner, the sea, cats, fairy tales, swimming, stylish yet comfortable footwear, autumn, mavericks, the cold, astrology, vast open spaces, collages, exercise, winters, mountains, journaling, rain, playing with language, Far North.

Panel 4

Hates

Surprises, violence, lateness, disappearance of clearly defined seasons, impositions, champagne, neediness, body shaming, clinginess, heat, racism, being (s)mothered, homophobia, misogyny & misandry, mind games, unsolicited advice, xenophobia, intrusiveness, nylon, abuses of power.

Panel 5

Her True North

Self awareness that leads to self acceptance is all the power you’ll ever need.

Never take others – or yourself – for granted.

Our body is an extension of our emotions.

Listening is witnessing, and witnessing is honouring life.

Nothing ever stays the same. Ever. Including me & you.

Read poetry to scramble your mind to think freshly to stay sharp to be inspired. Dance and doodle for the same reasons.

Up is not the only way. You can go off track, wonder into the woods and still get to the top. Or somewhere even better.

It is not what you feel and think that defines you; it is what you choose to do with those feelings and thoughts that does.