Maryna Bilak

132 Prison Alley, Hudson

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Artist Statement My recent work(s) use fresco to paint individual pieces, then assembled through mosaic, three dimensional form and (multi textural) relief. I often use self made plastic cutouts and elements sourced from Nature as stencils as I build imagery into composition. The fresco technique has strict rules. It has brought discipline to my studio practice and my life. I have discovered that with established technical rules there is more freedom in creative thought. My respect for the medium and the knowledge that comes with it, helps me to find conversation between subject matter and the material I choose. There is a desire to release intent to create a “work of art” and be closer to the cave artists and our folk masters. I have moved to emphasize the practical and spiritual aspect, which has served to heighten the beauty of these raw pigments. In part, I know what I want, yet delight in the emergence of form from my hands almost independently at work. For me to craft in fresco is the ultimate collaboration of mind and body. The best thing as an artist in this medium is the freedom it gives me; the permission to do something that may not succeed. The nature of fresco (humidity, temperature, seasons), is the most humbling. I truly believe all subject themes are gifted to artists. Subjects which are not designed artificially, contrived; but, come spontaneously as a product of self-identification through memories and relationships to the present.

marynabilak@yahoo.com 347-626-9052

Maryna Bilak

132 Prison Alley 

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Artist Statement

My recent work(s) use fresco to paint individual pieces, then assembled through mosaic, three dimensional form and (multi textural) relief. I often use self made plastic cutouts and elements sourced from Nature as stencils as I build imagery into composition. The fresco technique has strict rules. It has brought discipline to my studio practice and my life. I have discovered that with established technical rules there is more freedom in creative thought. My respect for the medium and the knowledge that comes with it, helps me to find conversation between subject matter and the material I choose. There is a desire to release intent to create a “work of art” and be closer to the cave artists and our folk masters. I have moved to emphasize the practical and spiritual aspect, which has served to heighten the beauty of these raw pigments. In part, I know what I want, yet delight in the emergence of form from my hands almost independently at work. For me to craft in fresco is the ultimate collaboration of mind and body. The best thing as an artist in this medium is the freedom it gives me; the permission to do something that may not succeed. The nature of fresco (humidity, temperature, seasons), is the most humbling. I truly believe all subject themes are gifted to artists. Subjects which are not designed artificially, contrived; but, come spontaneously as a product of self-identification through memories and relationships to the present.

marynabilak@yahoo.com 347-626-9052