Maya Hayuk’s work has to be felt, not studied. It’s an experience that activates mirror neurones “ which allow us to grasp other people’s minds, not through the mediation of a conceptual reasoning, but rather through direct stimulation” *
The emphatic emotion of these abstract paintings is fed by a multitude of hidden references that make them particularly pertinent today. Might it be Ukrainian folk motifs, a touch of Mandala, a cosmos, or the image of a psychedelic movie ... pop culture references are infused to the practice of contemporary painting.
This is abstract painting, often monumental, always full of bright colours, with symmetrical and elaborate compositions. Maya Hayuk thrills our psyches with colours, as music does with sounds.
If Maya’s work is so stimulating, it’s because beyond the explicit visual references that can be found, it is the work of a highly committed artist in the fields of art and music, as her biography testifies.
These numerous connections bring together a multitude of fragrances that permeate her work and anchor it successfully in its time.
* Jeremy Rifkin, « Une nouvelle conscience pour un monde en crise, vers une civilisation de l’empathie », éditions Actes Sud, 2012, p108
Maya Hayuk’s installation at ALICE Gallery