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Introverted Harlequinne

Marianna Kiraly

These encaustic works are inspired by social isolation, vulnerability of the human body and the feelings tied to an uncertain future. My art practice is a personal process that explores innate fears, the line between the real and virtual world, identifying hypocrisy, distinguishing between “us” and “them”, and exploring the limits of imagination.

I am a scientist by profession and the inner conflict between my scientific thinking and my emotional world is expressed through Surrealism. I enjoy discovering new exciting ways for self-expression via layering the encaustic medium, sculpting, playing with melting temperatures, opacity, color fusion and depth. My curious nature has led me to continue expanding my palette of artistic tricks learned by my own unique experimental innovations, such as the inclusion of magnets, the diffusion of powder pigments, colored sand and all kinds of other objects to achieve certain visual effects. The scholar in me understands that life sciences define humans as predictable machines operated by neurotransmitters and hormones, programmed to survive and pass on genes. As an artist, my encaustic studio is my sanctuary where I can escape from this crude reality, embrace my fragile biological existence, and feel emotionally connected.

My intention is to invite viewers to gaze deeply within their consciousness and hearts. When you “slide to unlock” on your phone, what do you *really* unlock? Does it open the door to someone else’s world, or is it only the illusion of a real connection? What exactly is the difference between speaking our own mind, and saying what we think society would want to hear from us? Are our everyday battles truly worth fighting, or is the resolution of our own cognitive dissonance the key to peace? When is it a good time to take a step back and examine our own responsibility in a conflict, make peace with our opponents, and help each other to make our world better?