Maya’s Divine Designs: intuitive-based, abstract art, with a tilted sense of distance. In my work, things that would usually be seen from a distance are shown up close, and vice versa. I deliberately break the rules of perspective and spatial reality, to evoke the feeling that you’re living inside a lucid dream. I break the rules you’d learn about light, shade and negative spaces in art school, because I never went. I didn’t need to unlearn the rules to find my vision, because I never learned them in the first place. I am a self-taught artist, and my work is characterized by either dynamic, sweeping brushstrokes or intricately minute detailing, vibrant colors, and almost zero negative space whatsoever. You can say that my style is pristine, and not influenced too heavily by any other artist, or movement.
My preferred artistic mediums are painting, drawing and concept photography/digital art. My paintings are all watercolor gouache-based, with other materials sometimes used for layering, such as chalk or oil pastel, markers, wax, glue, or acrylic paint pens, to give a shimmering, multi-dimensional, almost 3D effect. I use primary colors, blending colors to create a rich palette. Color therapy and healing art elements are strongly present in my work. My favorite themes are landscapes, water, spiritual symbols and folklore, and garden scenes of various origins and varieties, though I occasionally like to add stylized figures to these settings as well, to tell a story. My mission is always first and foremost to tell stories, through everything that I do, and if you look closely at my work that’s exactly what you’ll find, a narrative element, no matter how you choose to interpret it, and make it your own.
Spirituality is also important to me, because religion was used to control me growing up as a satanic ritual abuse survivor, so reclaiming spirituality, not religion, is a way for me to reclaim my identity, and my story. Using spiritual symbols such as the never-ending, eternal circle, the infinity symbol, and the mandala, or my take on it, is a common theme in my artwork. The ever-present “Eye,” and the eyes as being the windows of the soul are also often repeated symbols in my work. Eastern-based philosophies and spiritual concepts are big influences in both my life, and my art. Plays on #reincarnation, eternal life and our connection to consciousness through lucid dreaming feature heavily in my spiritual artist practice.
MΛYΛ Davina, Visual Artist, concept model, performance artist
"Patchwork Heart" is the visual story of a survivor of childhood trauma and abuse, who has overcome tremendous adversity, through healing and community. It is the story of the artist, MAYA Garcia, and her personal transition from surviving abuse to thriving, regaining her sense of identity in the process. Like the chrysalis that turns into a butterfly, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, MAYA persisted, sewingtogether her own wings,'like pieces of a patchwork quilt (or heart, in this case) back together, creating something beautiful out of chaos and disjointed memories
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