sculpture, ceramics, art direction, production design, healing spaces
Mariya is an artist who comes with skills in visual, traditional and performance arts, and has previously worked in costume and film production design. In the last four years, she has been developing a studio practice in sculptural work. Clay has been Mariya’s primary material which she questions through the application and interpretation of steel, paper, found material, projection and her own body.
A visceral dance between nature and the built environment, Mariya's investigations live in the rupture of the form, the spiral that binds together the past and the present, the individual and the collective, the part and the whole. By extracting meaning from the science of body and nature, and through the experience of motherhood cast away in the life of an immigrant, she continues to define the context of her explorations. Resolutions are less important than the observation of dynamic relationships in places of contact, break and imprint. Formal studies seek the tension and vulnerability of an impact within a circular time, where the conception of boundaries takes place in constant negotiation.
A form of “embodied earth,” where a feeling is submerged into an inner landscape to resurface through the process of creation, Mariya associates and merges the tangible and visceral sensitivity of clay with the body, and, therefore, considers her work performative. Mariya comes from a culture where the reverence to earth and soil is embodied in ritual, traditional song, bread, dance and customs. A celebration of life that flows over into a long lived practice in ceramics. Her childhood pastime of laying down in the warm meadows of wild flowers would deepen her relationship with nature even further. Yet, she discovered her passion for ceramics an ocean away. Displacement and uprooting forced her creative process into an intense self-inquiry investigating positionality within the immediacy of the physical and psychological environment.