ANDREA MAKI ART : WILD CONSTRUCTS
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The installation has the Andrea Maki look of hardcore elegance and compounded content that makes each of us consider beauty and reality transformed to a new level of heightened awareness. To see and experience Maki’s latest efforts in spreading awareness is to face both the pathos and beauty of the wild mustang, an American icon, and our own history. Each large scale image tells its own story, but many times their actual size, scale and detail conspire to engage and mesmerize, linking images to one another, and the lone stallion, at yet another scale. Idea and content imbue this work with nuance, discovery and emotion.
Custom Digital Blog: "In Wild Eyes", An Installation to Promote Support and Awareness, 2011
Quite aware of Pop art practices established by the likes of Duchamp, Johns, Warhol and Rauschenberg, Andrea Maki delineates her own pictorial identity. Maki’s mixed-media works rely on painting, construction, assemblage, silk screening, photography, collage, lamination... By juxtaposing disparate forms with content... Maki fulfills the meaning of jigging according to David Pye: ”placing one concept up against another.” As a result, the context for each work, like a plot, thickens... Playing off literal meanings of image, symbol and object, Maki consciously creates a kind of “synthetic cubism” by arranging found imagery to build a third surface. Laminated surfaces imply dimensions which in turn refer to space and distance. “Time” emerges, then, as a correlative entity.
"Ousthine" Suite, 1999 Bank of Cascades Corporate Collection, Bend, OR
Andrea Maki’s work skillfully balances photography and painting. Some of the pieces look close in spirit to those of (1960s) French artists who worked with layer upon layer of scarred and peeled posters. Others appear like old painted signs photographed by Aaron Siskind. Still others take us back to Rauschenberg’s paintings with photo-transfer images. The chief difference is that Maki gives her photographs greater prominence within each piece, generally presenting them as objects that retain their distinct character and have not been entirely subsumed by the paintings.
My work is not something outside of me that I do. It is what I am, it is what I know, it is my past, present and future at all times. I am in a constant state of discovery. My intent has always been to promote positive energy, action, awareness, compassion and understanding. I believe humans are but a mere part of the ‘whole’ and that we have a responsibility to the ‘whole’. I believe in doing all I can to have a positive effect on the environment and all living creatures. I believe in keeping ones’ word and in taking responsibility for ones’ actions. To be honest, to be forthright, to live without fear. To be open, present and aware. To not only live in the moment, but fully appreciate the moment.
Andrea Maki “Spirit of One” Calendars to Promote Support and Awareness, 2002-03 and 2005-06. See Blog Entry for More.