My name is Mayya.
I am an artist, designer and educator living in New York.
Born in a sunny seaport in southern Ukraine, I spent my early years studying art, dreaming, reading poetry, watching people, learning how to connect...
I am influenced by the ever-elusive aesthetic of Wabi Sabi, the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, the raw power of ancient tribal cultures, the creative expressions of non-artists.
Inspired by dreams, reality, transience of things, imperfect beauty, travel, nature, spirituality, kindness.
Can't create without balance, love, trust, music.
I am forever drawn to the idea of collaborative mediums, materials that allow to co-create - a dialog, a passionate dance of the artist and the medium...
Listen, feel, respect, relinquish control... Wet ink on japanese paper, the imperfections of a wood block imprint, watercolor running down the page, a lump of clay spinning, spinning, spinning - turning into a shape under my hands.
Working in opposites... Left is right. Right is left. Backward is forward... Etching, monoprints, cyanotype, silk screen...
I believe that work must be quiet yet dramatic, wistful, lyrical, complex in its stillness and simplicity. It must be honest, poetic and personal.
See my commissioned designs here.