Mraz' work has been a spiritual quest into the purpose of our
existence and the nature of our consciousness. Her works develop
a contrast between the disintegrating environment of public
places and the focused figures of young people facing the viewer.
The transient reality of existence is brought to focus in painted
and sculpted figures who attempt to escape the limitations of
their physical boundaries.
search for freedom and stability has been underscored by her
youth spent under the totalitarian regime in former Czechoslovakia.
Now a more profound search for liberation is taking place
in her artwork. The artist explores her themes in the rich
and deeply hued textures of these mysterious tall paintings
using dry pastels. Her precise skill has enabled her to dramatize
her early feelings of imprisonment, which are then built up
into the forceful breakthrough of a spirit from its material
Magdalena Mraz holds an M.F.A. from the Queens College of
the City University of New York, as well as D. Min degree
from the Wisdom University in San Francisco, California. She
has painted, exhibited and taught art both in the USA and
Europe, and lives in Connecticut.
several types of settings, the pathos of a disintegrating
old, worn or broken object -- or a life situation -- can be
turned into a study of creative impermanence, generating a
new view point, " she writes. "Our physical world
seems to be founded on a preexisting blueprint which enables
constant change and restructuring, an observation that contemplates
the masks of many indigenous cultures, created centuries ago
which yet retain the fresh vitality of their captured expression.
By converting part of a face into human features, the artist
has created the mysterious ‘shamans‘, whose facial expressions
were based on timeless human archetypes."
of triptychs explore the purifying and revitalizing purpose
of ancient gatherings. "The cycle of the carnival represents
the allegory of human journey from the bondage to the carnal
aspect of our existence to the spiritual liberation and an
enlarged compassion including all of creation. The cycle suggests
the possibility of a renewal through the conquest of our negative
qualities or outworn structures.
idea of a cosmic or a ’sacred geometry’ underlying all matter
in the universe is demonstrated by the numerical sequence
of seven developmental stages of human consciousness. This
allegories in this new series resonates from the Egyptian
creation myth to the stories of human origin on a global scale.
Each painting is based on the geometric pattern and symbolism
of the numbers one to seven. which are revealed in the developmental
patterns of various cultures. We become aware of the deep
and universal interconnectedness of all things physical and
spiritual, and their ongoing evolution."