Lively Abattoir 3
Lively Abattoir 3
Lively Abattoir 3
Lively Abattoir 3

Lively Abattoir 3

$58.00 CAD

Skarzenski's practice includes soft sculptures made of satin and other textiles. These sculptures are anthropomorphised and named “Wonks” because of their wonky existence. Photography allows Skarzenski to document these creatures in their natural habitat. She immortalizes specific moments of tension and explores the surface of their bodies. These works are often assembled for ephemeral installations, so they live on through photography.

These creatures are trapped between contradictory roles; they are harmless and insidious, anxious and excited, independent and co-dependent, symbiotic and parasitic. Together they act as organs, but they separate to become individuals. Tied together, they protect themselves while falling victim to their own masochism. They are afraid of themselves, yet they cling on to each other for security. They are manifestations of fluidity in sexuality, physical health, and identity.

How to interpret

  • The tension and strain of the piece reflects the conflicting feelings being expressed by its forms  
  • The bright and playful nature of the materials grant the piece levity, contributing visual interest and excitement to the complexity of its form 
  • The installments use of multiple materials grants the photograph a tangible texture while the warm, vivid colour palette mimics life and pulse even in a two-dimensional format 

This fine art print has a limited edition count of 50 per size and material.

Lively Abattoir 3
Lively Abattoir 3
Lively Abattoir 3
Lively Abattoir 3

Lively Abattoir 3

$58.00 CAD

Skarzenski's practice includes soft sculptures made of satin and other textiles. These sculptures are anthropomorphised and named “Wonks” because of their wonky existence. Photography allows Skarzenski to document these creatures in their natural habitat. She immortalizes specific moments of tension and explores the surface of their bodies. These works are often assembled for ephemeral installations, so they live on through photography.

These creatures are trapped between contradictory roles; they are harmless and insidious, anxious and excited, independent and co-dependent, symbiotic and parasitic. Together they act as organs, but they separate to become individuals. Tied together, they protect themselves while falling victim to their own masochism. They are afraid of themselves, yet they cling on to each other for security. They are manifestations of fluidity in sexuality, physical health, and identity.

How to interpret

  • The tension and strain of the piece reflects the conflicting feelings being expressed by its forms  
  • The bright and playful nature of the materials grant the piece levity, contributing visual interest and excitement to the complexity of its form 
  • The installments use of multiple materials grants the photograph a tangible texture while the warm, vivid colour palette mimics life and pulse even in a two-dimensional format 

This fine art print has a limited edition count of 50 per size and material.

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.

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