‘Art is a form of daily meditation on the three cornerstones of human experience: life, death and love. The many permutations of these three shape our daily events and human behaviour- our collective history, memory and hope. Most of my works bear some reference to war, mortality and fragility of culture. The extreme experiences of war and genocide, as collective madness, evoke an element of chaos and transform our collective consciousness, bringing out both its creative and destructive elements. I think of my paintings as investigations into the unreliable nature of safety, possessions and knowledge - and the search for spirituality of some sort, as a promise of compassion…'
Biography: Maya Kulenovic is a Canadian painter, born in 1975 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has exhibited in twelve solo exhibitions and close to forty group shows Canada wide, in the US, London, England and Istanbul, Turkey. Her paintings can be seen in numerous collections in North America, England and Turkey. She studied art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England (MFA, 1998), Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto (AOCAD Honours, 1997) and Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul (1995). She was also a resident of London Goodenough College in London, England (1997/98).
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