Lesia Maruschak
October 5-27, 2018

Opening: October 5 at 4:30pm
Residency Celebration & Book Launch:
October 25 at 4:30pm

“In order to advance, I walk the treadmill of myself
Cyclone inhabited by immobility.
But within, no more boundaries!”
— Jean Tardieu, Le Témoin invisible

WALKING goes beyond the action of putting one foot in front of the other, or moving someone or something forward. At its center is the fundamental question of “Who Am I?” explored through the stories, experiences and memories of my life: the fear of being lost as a child, my diagnosis with an incurable blood cancer,  summers at the beach and daily family life. Themes like relationships, remembrance, identity and connection are explored.

The work, in exhibition form, points to the concepts of movement and rhythm in life, as we seek to learn who we are, and as events shape our journey. Throughout my interest in repetition and materiality dominate.

The project uses three types of images. Colored landscapes offer a sense of order and calm while hinting at abandonment and uncertainly. Lead-like vernacular images, coated with ash and wax and embellished with color, shape and line present a graphic abstraction of the complexity of human relationships, powered by my need to understand and the impossibility of knowing. The third type of imagery centers around an image of two boys, shot in Denmark. Again, shape and color present my emotional, intellectual and artistic response to the development of selfhood with images that are ambiguous and abstruse.

WALKING transcends the literal psychological examination of the human story by asserting the higher truths of selfhood, identity and artistic expression. Presented is my inward journey – one common to wo/mankind – of the losses and graces experienced when we are severed from ourselves and work to find the way forward.

About Lesia Maruschak

Lesia Maruschack is the 2018 Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops + College from October 1-28. During the residency, she will letterpress and bind a small edition titled TRANSFIGURATION. The project’s point of departure is the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine where at least 4 million people died as a result of Stalin’s instituted policy of artificial starvation.

Lesia is a collector, curator and artist based in Ottawa, Canada specializing in photography-based art investigating identity, remembrance and connection. Formerly the Artistic Director for Giorgos Kordis, she curated eight international contemporary exhibitions in 2016. In the following two years of independent practice her works have become part of over 50 solo and group photographic exhibitions in nine countries, including 2018 Getxophoto Post Conflict Reframing A Dialogue (Spain), 2018 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography (Spain), Fotofilmic 2019 (Los Angeles, Seoul, Vancouver), 2019 ERMILOV Centre (Ukraine), 2020 Turchin Visual Arts Centre (USA).  Notable collections holding her works are the Phoenix Art Museum, 24 Sussex (Prime Minister of Canada’s Residence), and Library and Archives Canada. Awards and accolades include being shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Hariban Award and receiving the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign Medal. Her works have been published and written about in numerous publications including an upcoming essay by Alison Nordström (former Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography and Senior Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House) on Maruschak’s keystone series TRANSFIGURATION: into the light. Currently, Maruschak is constructing multi-media mobile memorials including archival photographs and textiles to tell the story of a little girl named Maria – a survivor of the 1932-33 artificial famine in Ukraine. She holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in Competitive Intelligence.


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