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Maya Janczykowska is a Polish American artist and designer with a wide spectrum of work, including fine art, sculpture, public art, sculptural and complex functional forms, branded environments, architecture, and master planning. Her clients have ranged from kings and governments to major corporations, universities, luxury hotels and private patrons.
Maya graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture where she was recognized for her artistic achievements by being selected to the RISD European Honors Program. She also holds a Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Maya has lived and worked in the Bahamas, Italy, France, China, Singapore, and several cities in the United States, where she presently resides in Austin, Texas.
After years of working at leading art and design firms, Maya returned to studio practice and is currently building a rigorous body of work involving painstakingly cutting out and arranging of thousands of elements. Her visual language and handmade intricacy have been well received by art professionals.
My work is predominantly in a single range of color. It represents a specific place and time which I photograph, print and hand cut into thousands of circles.
I choose a fundamental element, like a sky or an ocean, to be subjected to a process of color selection and extraction. Hand drawn circles from dozens of photographs are cut out, selected at random without consideration of size or color, and meticulously arranged into patterns on a field of white. The variety in color and pattern of the final work are a result of systematic mark making of the similar but unique elements.
The rigor of this process is all important. I struggle to define and describe the mental and emotional impact of it. It is peaceful. It is rewarding. It is calming. The mass accumulation of thousands of circles is especially satisfying as they begin to take on a collective character.
My work is defined in that unique, collective character of similar circles expressed as a unified field of color.
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