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About Maria

Maria Mendoza was born in Miami, Florida and is a multidisciplinary artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Maria’s work combines painting, printmaking, paper-engineering, pattern design and performance art. She is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics. Her current work, Transcentricity takes on the form of multi-... more

Transcentricity: Phase 1

Transcentricity is a series of mixed media collage paintings, which combines the abstract and the exact. The works are loose but controlled; improvised but calculated.

Phase 1 was completed for Fun-A-Day Baltimore 2014.

The work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from the artist's original paintings. Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.

The work is developed from a process of simultaneous layering. Building and cycling through several pieces at a time, the cyclical process of creating is reflected and integrated in the final composition of multi-dimensional concentric circles.

The Process:
The artist works in a series of at least 15-30 pieces at a time. She works in multiples to stay loose and uses cutting as a form of detachment and destruction.

Why Circles?:
The circle is known as a universal symbol of unity. For Maria, this series of work began as a search for unity after breaking out of an artist's block that lasted years. The artist was seeking unity within herself, unity with her art and the unity within the process of creating the art - She wanted the same unity to be embodied within the final works themselves which is how the (concentric) circle motif emerged.

Inspiration:
Maria is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.

Transcentricity: Phase 2

Transcentricity: Phase 2 was developed as an attempt to break away from "Chromophobia". Unlike the smaller scale works on paper of Phase 1, each piece in this series is 20x16 inches and is mounted onto 1.5" deep wood panel.

Transcentricity is a series of mixed media collage paintings, which combines the abstract and the exact. The works are loose but controlled; improvised but calculated.

The work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from the artist's original paintings. Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.

The work is developed from a process of simultaneous layering. Building and cycling through several pieces at a time, the cyclical process of creating is reflected and integrated in the final composition of multi-dimensional concentric circles.

The Process:
The artist works in a series of at least 15-30 pieces at a time. She works in multiples to stay loose and uses cutting as a form of detachment and destruction.

Why Circles?:
The circle is known as a universal symbol of unity. For Maria, this series of work began as a search for unity after breaking out of an artist's block that lasted years. The artist was seeking unity within herself, unity with her art and the unity within the process of creating the art - She wanted the same unity to be embodied within the final works themselves which is how the (concentric) circle motif emerged.

Inspiration:
Maria is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.

Transcentricity: Phase 2.5

For Transcentricity: Phase 2.5, the artist continues to explore scale while developing more 20x16 inch pieces mounted onto 1.5" deep wood panel.

Transcentricity is a series of mixed media collage paintings, which combines the abstract and the exact. The works are loose but controlled; improvised but calculated.

The work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from the artist's original paintings. Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.

The work is developed from a process of simultaneous layering. Building and cycling through several pieces at a time, the cyclical process of creating is reflected and integrated in the final composition of multi-dimensional concentric circles.

The Process:
The artist works in a series of at least 15-30 pieces at a time. She works in multiples to stay loose and uses cutting as a form of detachment and destruction.

Why Circles?:
The circle is known as a universal symbol of unity. For Maria, this series of work began as a search for unity after breaking out of an artist's block that lasted years. The artist was seeking unity within herself, unity with her art and the unity within the process of creating the art - She wanted the same unity to be embodied within the final works themselves which is how the (concentric) circle motif emerged.

Inspiration:
Maria is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.

Transcentricity: Phase 3

Transcentricity: Phase 3 was completed for Fun-A-Day Baltimore 2015. Unlike the previous phases, works in this series contain asymmetrical compositions. Each piece is 10x8 inches mounted onto 1.5" deep wood panel.

Transcentricity is a series of mixed media collage paintings, which combines the abstract and the exact. The works are loose but controlled; improvised but calculated.

The work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from the artist's original paintings. Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.

The work is developed from a process of simultaneous layering. Building and cycling through several pieces at a time, the cyclical process of creating is reflected and integrated in the final composition of multi-dimensional concentric circles.

The Process:
The artist works in a series of at least 15-30 pieces at a time. She works in multiples to stay loose and uses cutting as a form of detachment and destruction.

Why Circles?:
The circle is known as a universal symbol of unity. For Maria, this series of work began as a search for unity after breaking out of an artist's block that lasted years. The artist was seeking unity within herself, unity with her art and the unity within the process of creating the art - She wanted the same unity to be embodied within the final works themselves which is how the (concentric) circle motif emerged.

Inspiration:
Maria is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.

  • Sonar

    acrylic and dye on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Creature

    acrylic and dye on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Tribe

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • The Bicycle Thief

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Portal

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Pavo Cristatus

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Zen Jungle

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Moonlight Moss

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • Indigo Rising

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches
  • The Cipher

    acrylic on paper, cut and collaged onto wood panel 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches

Transcentricity: Woven Paintings

This works in this series are "woven paintings". Concentric circles were cut from a series of painted paper and woven back into the painted backgrounds. Unlike the previous Phases of Transcentricity, the woven elements in this series create a "tactile" surface for the final compositions. Each painting is named after a Norse god or goddess.

Transcentricity is series of mixed media collage paintings, which combines the abstract and the exact. The works are loose but controlled; improvised but calculated.

The work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from the artist's original paintings. Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.

The work is developed from a process of simultaneous layering. Building and cycling through several pieces at a time, the cyclical process of creating is reflected and integrated in the final composition of multi-dimensional concentric circles.

The Process:
The artist works in a series of at least 15-30 pieces at a time. She works in multiples to stay loose and uses cutting as a form of detachment and destruction.

Why Circles?:
The circle is known as a universal symbol of unity. For Maria, this series of work began as a search for unity after breaking out of an artist's block that lasted years. The artist was seeking unity within herself, unity with her art and the unity within the process of creating the art - She wanted the same unity to be embodied within the final works themselves which is how the (concentric) circle motif emerged.

Inspiration:
Maria is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.

Transcentricity: Phase 4

In Phase 4, the artist takes Transcentricity to its largest scale while exploring printmaking techniques using homemade printing plates for many of the painted layers. The color palette in this series combines earth tones and metallics with the darker monochromatic colors used in Phase 1.

Transcentricity is a series of mixed media collage paintings, which combines the abstract and the exact. The works are loose but controlled; improvised but calculated.

The work takes the form of multi-layered concentric circles constructed, cut and collaged from the artist's original paintings. Transcentricity combines painting, printmaking, and paper-engineering.

The work is developed from a process of simultaneous layering. Building and cycling through several pieces at a time, the cyclical process of creating is reflected and integrated in the final composition of multi-dimensional concentric circles.

The Process:
The artist works in a series of at least 15-30 pieces at a time. She works in multiples to stay loose and uses cutting as a form of detachment and destruction.

Why Circles?:
The circle is known as a universal symbol of unity. For Maria, this series of work began as a search for unity after breaking out of an artist's block that lasted years. The artist was seeking unity within herself, unity with her art and the unity within the process of creating the art - She wanted the same unity to be embodied within the final works themselves which is how the (concentric) circle motif emerged.

Inspiration:
Maria is influenced by astronomy, ritual, material construction, surface design, and the bold risk-taking and commitment learned from her training in aerial acrobatics.

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