Tamarind Institute announces fifteen new monotypes created by Maja Ruznic during her Tamarind residency.
Maja Ruznic: Migration of Spirits
February 4—April 15, 2022
Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
New Mexico-based artist Maja Ruznic moves easily between varied materials, scale, and surfaces, giving shape to ethereal, fluid figures. Her imagery inspires a deeper understanding of the unconscious mind and the weight of history.
Ruznic explains that she paints with “the drunken hand,” describing her method of conjuring a memory through an intuitive impulse that knows something she may not. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983, Ruznic was a refugee of the Bosnian War. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of nine and eventually received an MFA from the California College of Arts.
Like her paintings, these prints are composed of many layers, as she explains, “creating a kind of depth that was not illusionistic, but psychological. I think of all the prints as interior or psychological landscapes. Carl Jung, whose work fascinates me a great deal, talks about the importance of integrating our Shadow, or repressed self, with our conscious self. These prints are perhaps my surrender to Shadow and my hope is that they will invite a similar kind of acceptance in the viewer.”
Ruznic is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at Karma, New York (Consulting With Shadows, closing February 26). Her work is represented in the collections of the Dallas Art Museum; The Rachofsky House, Dallas; Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland; the Jiménez–Colón Collection, Puerto Rico; and Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Recent exhibitions include Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato, Italy; Harwood Museum of Art, Taos; Conduit Gallery, Dallas; and Denny Dimin Gallery, New York.