Riverbed soil, polyvinyl acetate, acrylic polymer on canvas
10.25″ x 8″ x 1.5″
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Marzena Ziejka was born and raised in Tarnow, Poland, where she attended the State Art School. For 11 years worked as a professional weaver of tapestry. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland with a Masters in Sociology. In 2000 immigrated to United States where she worked as a miniatures painter, a graphic designer and an illustrator. In 2010, she returned to art of weaving and gradually widened her artistic practice to non-woven techniques. She resides in Chicago and Bloomington, IL.
Both factors, coming from a family of farming tradition and working as a weaver, are symptomatic in her practice. They center her interests on the nature that we should respect to sustain our own living, and they bring predilection for raw and tactile qualities found in materials that are otherwise less used as a medium. Those sensual and primary qualities of soil, found unprimed canvas, horsehair and sticks she assigns to build her artistic language of minimalistic works, telling a story centered around nature and love passed down from generation to generation to the place of settlement.
All proceeds of Marzena Ziejka’s artwork to benefit Envision Unlimited.
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