MFA - Studio Art (Illustration & Design) candidate at the University of Arizona

Artist Statement

  • We are born with edges, and it is our purpose to dissolve them. 
  • From dust we come, and from dust we shall return. 
  • Everything you can imagine is real. 

What myths are we telling ourselves, and can we tell better (more just, inclusive, colorful, and imaginative) ones? 

My work exists at the intersection of storytelling, self-portrait, abstraction, absurdism, and psychedelic surrealism. I am interested in how art and prose can encourage people to consider and experience alternative perceptions of reality—after all, while quite complex, the human mind is only one perceiving system of many on Earth. Given how difficult it is for just two people to truly understand each other, how can we deepen our relationships and understandings of “other” beings: people from different cultures, animals, plants, fungi, mountains, oceans, and spirits? I am informed by a personal politics of post-capitalist, ecocritical feminism that emphasizes intuition, subjectivity, and critical but compassionate self- and community-reflection. 

I seek to radicalize the spiritual and spiritualize the radical by understanding (non-dogmatic) spirituality as vital to resistance politics. My current research explores contemporary manifestations of mystic traditions, from Sufism to witchcraft to pagan revivalism. I am particularly interested in the aesthetics and poetics of feminist witchcraft, and how we can use the symbols and language of earth-based spirituality to deepen our connection with place and with each other—and I mean each other in the broad sense of all beings and spirits on Earth. I revel in the tension of recalling and honoring the ancient sacred while at the same time living and progressing in an unavoidably cybernetic world. Our world is necessarily complex: a system of tangled up co-determinate relationships among humans, non-human animals, machines, land, water, air, and spirits. 

 

 

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  Writing Projects:   The Seeds Trilogy by K. Makansi (co-authored), optioned for film by Big Picture Ranch.   Luna and the Midnight Café, a novel. My current Work-In-Progress.    Illustration Projects:   The Santa Box by Christopher Fenoglio, a children's book published by Amphorae Press.   Painting by Numbers by Jason Makansi, winner of the Gold IPPY Award in 2017.  Literary Libations, written by Amira Makansi, to be published by Skyhorse Publishing in Fall 2018.   Information about my freelance book cover design and interior layout design can be found at  blankslatecommunications.com     Follow me & start a conversation!    Instagram: elena_k_mak  Pinterest: plant-paint-magic  Facebook: Elena Makansi   

Writing Projects:

The Seeds Trilogy by K. Makansi (co-authored), optioned for film by Big Picture Ranch. 

Luna and the Midnight Café, a novel. My current Work-In-Progress. 

Illustration Projects:

The Santa Box by Christopher Fenoglio, a children's book published by Amphorae Press. 

Painting by Numbers by Jason Makansi, winner of the Gold IPPY Award in 2017.

Literary Libations, written by Amira Makansi, to be published by Skyhorse Publishing in Fall 2018.

Information about my freelance book cover design and interior layout design can be found at blankslatecommunications.com

Follow me & start a conversation! 

Instagram: elena_k_mak

Pinterest: plant-paint-magic

Facebook: Elena Makansi