ArtCult Gallery

Marianna Maslova

From the Concentration of the Will at M17Renju. Quick battle54x54 cm, etching, paper, 2023Price on request

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    "Stay in Kyiv, build the first barricades. Volunteer.
    During the sirens in the first weeks, focus on playing Renju so that emotions don't get the better of you. Print 81 etchings on one sheet of paper in your workshop, without paying attention to the sirens outside the window. One by one - an empty field - an anti-tank hedgehog - a tire. It was a fast-paced game where you have to concentrate and react quickly to your opponent's actions.
    Renju is a game where you have to put 5 stones in a row. It is a strategy game that was once made to plan war strategy. A more difficult option is the game of Go. This composition has a field of 9x9 squares (this is a simplified version of the classic Renju game). The result was 81 squares, that is, 81 printed etchings in one work. Each game creates a new field, they are not repeated in order. Some games look like a geometric ornament or some strange code.
    The history of the composition began with drawings of anti-tank hedgehogs and tires. I then created etchings with four different anti-tank urchins and a tire. These etchings became the basis for the series "Crosses and zeros", the composition "Plus". Hedgehogs as a symbol of resistance, protection, defense. Tires as a symbol of revolution, purification.
    In the composition "Renju. Quick battle" tires and anti-tank hedgehogs met in dialogue. This is not a confrontation, but a concentration of all the forces that have been holding the Ukrainians all this time.
    In 2014, I did not understand what it was to be a political artist. That is, I interpreted it incorrectly. You don't have to paint political/patriotic paintings to be an artist who wants independence for your country. Surprisingly, many artists thought so. It's naive, it's a shame and we've grown since then.
    I am not 100% Ukrainian by genes, but I feel Ukrainian, as a part of the nation not by genes, but by political and cultural awareness. Self-identity was shared by many people. Now every thing I do is a contribution to freedom. To resist with one's existence, with each one's work. And with every sale of prints to make contributions so that our defenders defend us. Just like in the Renju game, we create a strategy because I have to plan for the long term." - Marianna Maslova


About the artist

Marianna Maslova (Zhairem, Kazakhstan, 1985) works with graphic techniques: etching, moculito, engraving, drawing, collage. Since 2007, he has been participating in personal and group exhibitions.
She graduated from Mykhailo Boychuk Kyiv Institute (2010), attended the workshops of O. Titov, L. Yakimashchenko, and O. Stratiichuk. Lives and works in Kyiv.

2002-2003 Kyiv Art Workshop of Academician A. Titov, Kyiv, Ukraine
2003-2005 Kyiv Publishing and Printing Institute, Department of Graphics, Kyiv, Ukraine
2006-2010 Kyiv Institute of Decorative and Applied Arts and of Design named after Mykhailo Boychuk, Department of Graphic Design, Kyiv Ukraine
2020 Workshop of Leonora Yakimashchenko, composition course, Kyiv, Ukraine
2019-2021 Course of printing techniques in the workshop of Oksana and Ivanna Stratiychuk, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • List of the exhibitions

    The first triennial of drawing "Glory to Ukraine", White World gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
    "Prometeus to Ukraine", Zannart Gallery, Warsaw, Poland "Printcard "Sand", Galeria za Szklem ASP Wroclaw, Poland
    "One day after", Kyiv, Imagine point, Kyiv, Ukraine

    "The Ukrainian art wall" Hundertwasser-Uelzen station, Germany
    Tiran International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Tirana, Albania
    Audiovisual online exhibition "World stands with Ukraine"
    "Split Practices" Island gallery, International Printmaking Conference IMPAST12, Bristol, Great Britain "Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv. Bukeburg", Bukeburg, Germany
    "Inter Arma. Art during the war", Khlibnia Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

    The fourth exhibition of botanical art, Natural Science Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
    "A4, ballpoint pen" in the "Limits of Reality" project, NORDART 2021, Budelsdorf, Germany International miniprint triennial "Intaglio, Whire World gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
    Print Meet 2021, Thrace University of Fine Arts, Turkey All-Ukrainian Exhibition "Graphics Triennial", Artist's House, 2021, Kyiv, Ukraine "Artistic Parallels", Kyiv, Center of Ukrainian Culture and Art, Ukraine 2020 Third exhibition of botanical art, Natural Science Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
    "Herbaria", printed graphics, Athens, Greece

    The second exhibition of botanical art, Hryshka Botanical Garden, Kyiv, Ukraine
    Participation in the project "Ballpoint pen", Karas Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
    2013 Art-residence IO, Koktebel, Crimea, Ukraine
    2011 "", Art Support Fund, Kyiv, Ukraine