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Monday, April 20, 2015

Maya Chachava: Memory and Self-Identity

The work of Maya Chachava is featured in the upcoming summer 2015 issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly.

Maya Chachava's work stems from her interests in poetry, literature, memory, and nostalgia. The ongoing challenge of self-integration into a different culture remains a strong force that fuels her artistic practice. Her processes incorporate traditional painting materials as well as printmaking, drawing, digital, and encaustic media.

Chachava holds B.F.A. degrees in English language and literature from Tbilisi Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages and in Spanish and fine arts from Central Washington University. She also earned her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington. She is an associate professor of painting and drawing at Central Washington University.

Chachava’s work has been shown in over fifty national and international juried and invitational shows, with solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. She is a recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards.

My recent body of work is a new investigation of the concept of memory and how it affects my perception of self-identity. I took old family photos that I reprinted through different processes and superimposed drawings so that I could extend the process of making an image by working with multiple layers of media, creating visual “density” and narrative that is both precise and open to interpretation.

When I started this project I had a very vague idea of what it would look like at the end. My objective was to create images that would transpire an emotion, a recollection, perhaps a sense of time. I loved making these pieces and the excitement came, as always, from the variables and unexpected turns that happened along the way.

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