CREATED BY Maya Skarzenski
Maya Skarzenski is an interdisciplinary artist fusing together textiles, painting, and photography. She completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University where she was awarded the Mrs. W. O. Forsyth Award. She works out of her art studio in Toronto, but also splits her time in Ottawa. She grew up on a farm outside of the capital, in the province of Quebec.
Her work explores the intersections between the abject and the beautiful. Painting and textile techniques allow Skarzenski to create bodily imagery that is sensual, fragile, playful, and ambiguous. Her work salvages beauty from the fear and unease in relation to the human body. The many facets of her explorations have allowed her to create a diverse body of work.
She has organized her own solo and group exhibitions while also establishing a curatorial practice. She uses exhibitions, collaborations, and panel discussions as a way to better understand the metaphysical network between artists.
Symbiosis, one of her curatorial projects, was a highly collaborative installation where artists were invited to reinterpret each other's work. Artists were given the freedom to reassemble each other’s pieces to create entirely new artworks. Skarzenski’s artwork was chosen to be shown at The Exchange: Conversation’s to Inspire Change with Samantha Bee a conference held in celebration of International Women’s Day.