About

MARIA RUGGIANO-ALEKSEEV

My personal work consists of abstract visuals of my “sickly” internal forms and systems, motivated by my personal experience with an ongoing digestive illness.
The concept is based on thoughts of seeing through my skin while my body is confronted by an illness, viewing the manipulation and decay of my organs and inner systems, or a picture of what my mind created from the physical pain.
Through the creative process for this work I experimented with a variety of surfaces for the prints such as various shades, textures and translucency of paper. Building up layers of latex over the prints has reinforced the idea of a skin, sheathing or casing becoming an outside layer of protection or a surface which is vulnerable and fragile yet keeps us sheltered, also leaving us unaware if our inner systems and internal organs are healthy and working correctly.
In conjunction with my prints I have created a series of sculptures and mixed media drawings. The ideas behind the sculptures are similar to the prints, yet I feel the dimensionality brings a human relationship between the object and viewer, as well as bringing forms from the inside out. The mixed media drawings are a more immediate and controlled medium for my expression.

I am also intrigued by the concept of hybridization; the fusing of biological forms questioning the ideas of crossbreeding, creating the unknown and unfamiliar.

I cannot deny a sexual apprehension or the presence of feminine characteristics surrounding my work, which while not intended, are rather apparent, as a result of my being a female artist, with thoughts and concern about asserting myself into a male dominated art world.

 

 

BIO

Maria is a printmaker and mixed media fine artist raised in Queens NY, currently living in Staten Island. She received her BFA degree in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. She also holds degrees in Photography and Advertising Design from F.I.T., and has trained at The Cooper Union, The New School, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Currently a teaching artist, Maria has shown her work on Staten Island and throughout NYC since 2001, in both solo and group shows. Before teaching, Maria worked as a graphic designer and gallery/curatorial assistant, at a variety of creative firms and art spaces.

Specializing in printmaking, Maria’s artistic background includes a broad spectrum of fine art materials and techniques, which naturally inspires her students’ creativity. Her work goes beyond the common print and she uses the scope of new tools, techniques, and diverse materials to push both her students’ work and her own work forward.