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Mary Czekalinski
updated: 10/23/2009
website: maryczekalinski.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Lightly
Untitled
Untitled
Exterior
Midnight Conversations
The Sleepwalker
Watchmen
Wanderer
The Bird
Nocturne
Segue
The Second One
Installation View 1
Installation View 2
La Vida Breve
 
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Lightly  by Mary Czekalinski
Lightly
watercolor and ink on board
2009
8" x  10" 
Untitled by Mary Czekalinski
Untitled
ink and charcoal on panel
2009
8" x  10" 
Untitled by Mary Czekalinski
Untitled
ink and watercolor on paper
2009
11" x  15" 
Exterior by Mary Czekalinski
Exterior
charcoal on paper
2008
4" x  6" 
Midnight Conversations by Mary Czekalinski
Midnight Conversations
charcoal on paper
2008
104" x  144" 
The Sleepwalker by Mary Czekalinski
The Sleepwalker
charcoal and ink on paper
2008
4" x  6" 
Watchmen by Mary Czekalinski
Watchmen
charcoal and ink on paper
2008
4" x  7" 
Wanderer by Mary Czekalinski
Wanderer
Ink on paper
2008
9" x  6" 
The Bird by Mary Czekalinski
The Bird
ink on paper
2008
3" x  6" 
Nocturne by Mary Czekalinski
Nocturne
charcoal on paper
2008
4" x  7" 
Segue by Mary Czekalinski
Segue
charcoal and ink on paper
2008
9" x  5.5" 
The Second One by Mary Czekalinski
The Second One
Charcoal on paper
2008
113" x  100" 
Installation View 1 by Mary Czekalinski
Installation View 1
charcoal on paper
2008
Dimensions variable
Installation View 2 by Mary Czekalinski
Installation View 2
charcoal on paper
2008
Dimensions variable
La Vida Breve by Mary Czekalinski
La Vida Breve
Charcoal on Paper
2007
108" x  144" 

Artist Statement

Memories are fluid and transient. They are an individual's recollection of a moment suspended in time. Throughout our lives the people and experiences that influence us are suspended in our memory, preserved as a static representation of the living moment; a glimpse, a distorted fragment of the actual experience.

 

These drawings are an exploration of the relationship between time, memory and the transition from existence to nonexistence. Memories preserve ones perceptions of a human being long after that person's death and allow one to "exist" beyond the limits of ones corporeal life. Yet, memories are fluid and exclusive to those who experience them. Direct observation and memory are sources for abstraction of objective imagery in the mind. My work is built on figurative elements and uses positive and negative shapes to create volume and space. The abstracted figures are simultaneously free and entangled with each other and the space that surrounds them. The use of my hands and body alludes to the passage of time, impression, intimacy and loss. The moment in which these works were created has passed yet the image, impression and record of the action remains encapsulated in the work like a memory encapsulated in the mind.

 

Through these works I resurrect a memory to be experienced directly by the viewer. These memories are both retained and released as remnants of the people and moments to which they refer. These moments are changed, diluted and distorted as time passes by the fluid nature of memory and in the act of being viewed.

 

Artist Bio / CV

EXHIBITIONS * Solo Exhibitions

La Vida Breve, MFA Thesis Exhibition, 2333 Louisville Road, Savannah, GA, 2008*

Recent Works, 323 W. 39th St., New York, NY, 2007*

Night Visions, Red Kite Studios, Savannah, GA, 2007*

Art Can Cure, Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer, Savannah, GA, 2007*

Open Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2005-07

Annual Juried Exhibition, Cuyahoga County Community College, 2005

Recent Works, Blasé Gourmet, Mt. Pleasant, SC, 2004*

Systematic Chaos, Springfield, OH, 2003

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 2003

GRANTS AND AWARDS

New York City Studio Workspace Recipient, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2007

Graduate Portfolio Fellowship, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2005-07

Ralston C. Thompson Award, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 2003

EMPLOYMENT

Co-Owner, Assistant Curator, Red Kite Studios, Savannah, GA, 2007-08

Graduate Teaching Intern, Foundation Studies Department, SCAD, 2007

Intern/ Executive Directors Assistant, Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY, 2007

Teaching Assistant, Foundation Studies Department, SCAD, 2006-07

Tutor, Rising Star Program Foundation Studies Department, SCAD, 2006-07

Woodshop Technician, Painting Department, SCAD, 2005-07

Docent, The City Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2004

Events Coordinator, Wittenberg Art League, OH, 2002-03

EDUCATION

The Savannah College of Art and Design, MFA, 2008

Cuyahoga Community College, Continuing Education classes in life drawing, 2005

College of Charleston, Continuing Education classes in painting, 2004

Wittenberg University, Bachelor of Fine Arts painting and art history, 2003

COMMISSIONS

Portrait, Mr. Scott Anderson, Wilmington, NC, 2008

Portrait, Mrs. Amanda Gibson, Atlanta, GA, 2008

Mural, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Schulke, Cleveland, OH, 2005

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Dr. Nino Sorgente

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Schulke

Mrs. Amanda Smith

Shelly Heimlich

Juliet Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Brent Barth

Stephanie Czekalinski

Mr. John Tubesing

Mr. Tim Wirth