To Persist! 2015
We live in endless space and time, put by chance in our surroundings and a present governed by certain rules, not just social and political, but also rules we make, that very often result in limitations to our own actions and thoughts. Surrounded by so many barriers, each and every one of us is trying to find our own path, which brings about struggles with reality, but also the most difficult struggle of them all, with ourselves. The characters presented in each of the graphics are the faces each one of us carries. The works are prints of carefully drawn faces with a rare application of few free-form brush strokes. Metal zippers are an intervention that introduces the stylized look of the works and entails limitation in the choice of base. In order to follow the continuity and logic in the workmanship, industrial materials with fabric-like texture were used.
I am fine! 2016
The face is a natural mechanism that speaks from our emotional side of life and for all of us. Anger, fear, disgust, surprise, joy and sorrow are the six basic human emotions and mostly they are easily recognizable, but how does one’s face look like when we pretend to be happy, or hide or true thoughts, say things we don’t think?
Avoiding to tell the truth, by definition, is a lie! So, the real question is how does our face look like when we lie?
The average person tells 4 lies a day or 1,460 a year; a total of 87,600 by the age of 60. And the most common lie is : I AM FINE!!!
The project was created in the years when Macedonia was faced with serious social and political turbulence, but which on the other has eased my methodological approach. In the re-education of the issue, I included random people, people I know and are friends with, besides including myself. My ultimate goal was to make a picture of all of us.
The works are painted with textile colours on canvas, A4 format.
Emptid Nest 2018
Due to specific political and economic circumstances in Macedonia, people are more likely to migrate. So, influenced by this issue, I did this project that channels how, with the departure of people, the city changes its appearance. At the centre of my attention I am putting the city of Prilep, my home town, where the tendency to migrate is especially pronounced. Prilep, 10 years ago was a city of 80,000 inhabitants, and today there are only 40,000.
My goal is not just to show the desolate houses and streets, but how the city is dying. For the visual solution, I made portraits of people leaving their homes. Through conversation and keeping in contact with my fellow townspeople I am taking the data on the authenticity of the appearance of both people and homes.
The final result of this project is a photo installation, printed on a plastic base, the silhouettes were laser cut and presented as 3D pieces. The size of the base is A3 and the cut silhouettes are with different sizes.
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Marija Koneska is a Macedonian artist, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, in the department of graphic art. In 2016 she graduated from the second cycle of studies at the same faculty, in the department of painting.
She has realized several solo exhibitions “Emptied Nest” (Macedonia, 2018) “I am fine!” (Macedonia, 2016), To persist! (Germany, 2015) and actively participates in group exhibitions and festivals in the country and abroad. Her works were exhibited on “Paratissima” (Skopje, 2016), “Das ist Walter” (Germany, 2013), “Fist International Print Biennial” (Serbia, 2011), etc.
Koneska is recognizable by the figurative visual language. She creates works inspired by the questions and topics that occupy not just her mind and the people around her, but the society and the time she lives in.