Name: Ali Beletic
Location: Joshua Tree + Los Angeles, CA
What do you Do: Musician and Installation Artist
“Ali Beletic is an artist who plays by her own rules.”
The moment when you fell in love with Music:
I had a very musical
childhood. My brother was 6 years older than me and had all these cool tapes.
Sex Pistols, Fugazi, Sonic Youth, etc. My mother was a singer and we’d go to the
clubs to see her sing. I studied singing and piano. Music was always a personal
passion and study for me. It wasn’t until I moved to the Sonoran desert of
Arizona, getting away from the art punk saturation of Brooklyn, that I decided I
had a record I wanted to make. I was really inspired and just began writing and
really finding I had a lot of expression to turn into music. That’s when I decided
to make a career of it.
Icons in Music:
Alice Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Roberta
Flack, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Sharrock, the Stooges, Creedence Clearwater,
Ray Charles, Beach Boys, Beatles, Amina Alouai, Mary Travers, Howlin’ Wolf,
Bob Dylan, Skip James, Akon, Leadbelly, Rokia Traore, Blind Willie Mctell, Sly
and the Family Stone, Marilyn Barbarin, Otis Redding, Gal Costa, Sally Nyolo,
Sandy Bull, Francoise Hardy, Ali Farka Toure, I am the walrus — this list could go
Most inspiring Place to composing songs:
My Studio, it has all my cool gear.
Your latest Album:
Legends of These Lands Left to Live (http://
Everyday Sources of Inspiration for your Art:
I have two sides of inspiration
for my work. One is more rock n roll. It is meant to be loud, declaritive, and
celebratory. It’s about a certain vanguardism. Something I see missing in this
new post-modern landscape. The other side of my expression is more nature
based, also celebratory, but more subtle. The inspirations on that side fall more
into looking at the broad perspectives of humanity. I love looking
anthropologically at art to learn about how different cultures have developed
different ideologies and paradigms through which to live their lives. The
spectrum of aesthetics reflect these differing ways of life. I try to engage
symbolism in that way. Also, I spend a lot of time in the natural world, observing
the behavior of animals, the plant life and ecology. There are some senses in the
wild that humans have forgotten. I try to engage some of these senses in my
larger installation work.
Your Artistic Installations, Process and Aim:
My aim with my installation
artwork is usually to create a 360 degree sensual experience, where the
audience can have access to latent instincts. I mostly like to work on larger
installations and sculptures that are on the human scale, so they work with our
sense of equilibrioception. My process is pretty simple. I start with drawing.
Once I settle on the idea. I work on building it. This is a cyclical process of
research, materials, and shifting the design to fit the idea, location, material and
architecture of the pieces. Then I do a build and an install. I spent some time
working in the art department for films, so I use a very streamlined and articulate
The Desert as the Place of Creation:
In the US, some of our Go West, Rugged
Individualism iconography is stored in the landscape of the California deserts.
Recently, I’ve been working out of this landscape. I have done a couple art
installations using my motorbike in this landscape, with that as a context to the
You and The Motorcycle:
I love riding in the backcountry. I am way more of an
adventure rider, than a daily cruiser. For me, it’s all pleasure. I love the ability of
a dirt bike to get you to some remote spot in just a couple of hours and the ride in
is always so epic, with challenging trails, and beautiful views.
Feelings connected to the Moto – Experience:
Fun, adventure, and the ability
to go anywhere.
Best Adventure on Two Wheels:
One time while riding in India, I remember
riding through a small village and getting wonderfully stuck in wedding parade.
The entire village was out celebrating, dancing, dressed in the most vivid colors,
with bells, drums and various noisemakers. And there we were riding in the
procession as part of the celebration. It was truly one of my favorite memories.
Nature, as the Element that connects your MUSIC, ART and MOTO LOVE?
Yes, but even more so vanguardism.