Transcentricity: Phase 1
Transcentricity is a series of mixed media collage paintings, which combines the abstract and the exact. The works are loose but controlled; improvised but calculated.
Phase 1 was completed for Fun-A-Day Baltimore 2014.
The work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from the artist's original paintings. Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.
The work is developed from a process of simultaneous layering. Building and cycling through several pieces at a time, the cyclical process of creating is reflected and integrated in the final composition of multi-dimensional concentric circles.
The artist works in a series of at least 15-30 pieces at a time. She works in multiples to stay loose and uses cutting as a form of detachment and destruction.
The circle is known as a universal symbol of unity. For Maria, this series of work began as a search for unity after breaking out of an artist's block that lasted years. The artist was seeking unity within herself, unity with her art and the unity within the process of creating the art - She wanted the same unity to be embodied within the final works themselves which is how the (concentric) circle motif emerged.
Maria is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.