Updated: May 31, 2022
Maja Ruznic, The Called, 2020, acrylic and oil on canvas, 67 1⁄2 × 53 1⁄2 in; 171.5 × 136 cm image source: https://karmakarma.org/artists/maja-ruznic/
Maja Ruznic, Trace of the Father II, 2020, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cm image source: https://halesgallery.com/artists/93-maja-ruznic/works/
Ruznic starts by pouring thin layers of previously used Gamsol (paint thinner) from her preceding paintings. There is no waste in this methodology, one painting grows out of the other. This is Ruznic’s signature mark-making, using gravity to place color and form onto the canvas or paper, which she then re-negotiates with line and brushwork.
I'm primarily interested in Maja's work for aesthetic reasons (the scale, colour palette and gestural mark making) but was also interested to learn that, like me, her painting practice utilises a no waste methodology: by pouring her previously used paint thinners onto the canvas to build up washes of pigment. 1
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