MFA Candidate at the University of Arizona, Tucson

Artist, illustrator, & writer

Artist Statement

The universe is energy. We are connected to every thing. With our senses, we make contact. Through touch, music, color, curiosity, we unveil that which separate us and immerse ourselves in boundlessness. In this space, we transcend ego. This is a liminal space, the threshold of the present moment. It is in this shadowy, uncertain moment that we make magic. (Transference of energy.) To understand it is to be both full and empty, to receive and to give with all that we are.

Yet we experience daily life, in which things seem so bounded and tangibly separate. We wash our dishes, do the laundry, we consume and waste. We chat and we buy toilet paper and dish soap. Endless dramas and traumas, the abuse of collective memory, the ceaseless pain of our yearnings and losses play out before us and within us. To seek magic, to exist in our true unbounded state, requires a focusing of many eyes together: intuition and logic, imagination and rationality, all funneled through our sensory perceptions. 

I cultivate in my creative process ways of seeing/feeling beyond these surface veils: layers, material interaction, movement, potential, and intuitive feeling. Energetic colors and lines interact with recognizable forms in atmospheres and environments of varying levels of abstraction. I see liminal spaces in my compositions, both conceptually and materially. I am inspired by the discoveries of the “objective sciences”  just as much as I am by nameless feelings and subconscious responses to both the mundane and the magical. All things I can touch and see and imagine form universes: this phenomenon is my ultimate muse. 

Hi there :)

  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 September 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 Katherine    

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 September 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 Katherine