Recent work of …

August 19, 2012

Image

Recent work of mine. THis is made out of tissue paper, colorful cotton balls, a ton of thread and glitter. By Maria Tsaguriya

Advertisements

INC.

August 19, 2012

INC.

Work by Maria Tsaguriya. Acrylic and Carcoal

Blue Hotel

August 19, 2012

Blue Hotel

Pastel work by Maria Tsaguriya.

Castel in Germany

August 19, 2012

Castel in Germany

Pastel work by Maria Tsaguriya.

By the River

August 19, 2012

By the River

Recent work in Pastel by Maria Tsaguriya

I’M BACK

April 25, 2010

Hello hello,

Times gone by and come around again. I’m at a point when I wish to write something in this blog and in a more consistent matter. I’ve taken a break recently from a concentrated effort in creating artworks or poetry. Not that I didn’t wish to create, it just seemed like my mind and body were processing something(i kinda know what) and I’m finally coming out of my cocoon and am ready to become an artistically social butterfly again.

Today I spent most of the day sleeping through a hangover. I then made food and watched the movie “Big Fish”. It brought up a lot of interesting points that I’ve been thinking about recently. Questions about the way  we view our own life.

What I deem of my life could be  perceived very differently from an outside perspective. It feels as though if you are capable of romanticizing your life, you become happier and more content. It goes for relationships as well, you have to be a bit delusional to fall in love. You must see your partner through rose colored lenses, or like in the movie “Big Fish”, everything seemed to be constantly glowing and dreamy during the story telling parts.

So, after watching the movie and the Rachel Maddow show from Friday, I decided I needed to get off my bed and take a walk. Some background info, I’m Currently staying with my parent’s in a house in rockville, MD. My parents bought the house approximately 7 years ago but I had only lived there 2 years before going to off to college in NY. During HS I must have had limited interest in my new neighborhood because I realized today that I never really saw much of it. I took a walk around 11pm and decided to walk in a direction that I’ve walked before and then went further into uncharted territory. I walked through a park, and across train tracks that are behind my house to the neighborhood on the other side. The neighborhood  looks idylic. The houses are all very unique, grandiose and stylish. The streets were very quite and there were no cars on the streets. I felt very mesmerized that these beautiful homes where so close to the small house my parents bought. That phrase “on the other side of the tracks” just concretized for me. As I walked past them, I couldn’t help to think of the people who lived inside, about there lives, were they home on a saturday night, what where they doing and whether they where happy. How do they see their life, and as an outsider, what view did I form of their life.

I felt very content at the moment, looking at the lights glowing from within. It began to drizzle and I began walking home again. I realized there is something magical out there, always, even in the suburbs. Tonight was very romantic.

Drag Queen Dreams

June 11, 2009

I wanted to share with you the videos I shoot of my work that installed for my final thesis project for my BFA.  It took approximately 3 days to install and certain pieces where only created in the last few days. It was one crazy experience that I think I’m still digesting. There are alot of concepts about it and I could go on describing  to you my own interpretation of what each individual piece is to me but I would prefer to keep it open ended because I don’t want the forms to be stuck with just one way of being seen. I have found that some people see a more light hearted work that has soft bubbly forms that are you just want to cuddle with and besides that without other substance. To me though, I meant to have a happy exterior to situations that are disturbing and awkward as you gain more awareness into how the forms interact. I  hope the videos help the viewer see things in a slower more emotional  way. As a whole it is easy to miss the details and I tried to bring focus to intense situations and interactions by zooming in.

Here is a short statement:

The work comes from my interest in the discovery of intriguing forms in nature and investigations into organic forms were body-like forms emerge. The large pink forms are representing all human beings and the situations they are involved in that are universally experienced by people. The forms are not any specific age, race, nationality, sex, or gender. They represent a being that cannot be categorized into any box, like myself. The use of the soft material and organic form is meant to make the viewer identify with the form so that they put their bodies into the work to feel the work viscerally. Though the subject matter is serious, and the situations often painful, the glittery fabric and light material makes for a dualistic experience. An initial feeling of ecstasy and then an underlying guttural response upon focusing on the interactions of the forms and recognizing all the different bodily functions represented. I aim at connecting with the viewer and making them become involved in discovering the many hidden elements, body forms and sexual interactions. Since I put myself into the work in the different situations I am highly physically connected to the positions they are in and the movement that is coursing through the work.

Sewing and Stuffing

June 4, 2009

I have been busy editing and combining footage of my thesis show in order to show you some of the being step by step process of how I fill the forms and sew them shut. The artists process is varied and can be quite as important as the final process. My process for creating the soft sculpture forms is tedious, but also bring my mind to a quite, and still position. A trace-dental state where each stroke of my needle, or grain of pellats that I put into the soft form is part of a bigger event. If I focused on each object as seperate to the bigger picture I probably would have never done anything because, thinking that how many droplet shapes I need to make or concretly how many balls I need to crate would make me overwhelmed. I’m not sure exactly how many of each object I created still, but probably over 100 balls. 

Here are two videos of the process. I edited the speed and the sound in order to portray the different modes I am in. Sometimes things feel like there going fast sometimes slowly. I always play music while I work, sometimes I hear the music but if I’m in a trance it will just be a blur. I tried to recreate that sensation in the videos.

Who knew there was a Mustache Institute?

May 9, 2009

I found the Mustache Institute from a news story that the Major of Utah was being pressured to shave off his mustache. His foot-long handlebar mustache is big it must go! So say his wife and the residents who have been voting since May 1, and the votes will be counted May 16th. He’s shaving it for a children’s charity and his wife says she hates getting poked in the eye when she tries to kiss the Mayor. Not everyone wants the mayor to shave his mustache, particularly the American Mustache Institute that wants Snarr to keep his mustache and not care if what people say about it.

Dan Snarr, Utah Mayor

Dan Snarr, Utah Mayor

The organization states on its website thats its for “Protecting the Rights of, and fighting discrimination against, mustached Americans by promoting the growth, care and culture of the mustache. The website provides a host of entertaining facts about mustached Americans. The song that begins to play quite hilarious. My favorite part though is the AMI mission which states that “Acceptance of lip sweaters has ebbed and flowed, but the mustache’s glory years of course were the 1970’s, when a man or women could wear a mustache without scorn. Virtually overnight, as disco faded and Walter Cronkite left television, the cookie duster became a fad seen only on law enforcement, motocross drivers, and members of the Village people.” The trend seems to be coming back apparently, I will surely try my best to support mustaches for women and show mine as often as I can. Which brings up the next website http://www.harveyhazzard.com the first official mustache crew, and they sure do have pretty ladies with mustaches.

Members of the all girls mustache crew

Members of the all girls mustache crew

Thesis Show Extravaganza

April 24, 2009

The first few pictures to emerge from my thesis show!

IMG_9520

Photo by Katie Sokoler

IMG_9516

Photo by Katie Sokoler

The show was the highlight of my school career and I personally am surprised at what direction I have taken my art. It felt like an out of the body experience during the reception as I looked at myself in that moment and experiencing my only BA thesis show. I had little to no sleep the days prior to the show and hardly any time to perfect my drag make-up, but I still kept it fierce. I wasn’t sure at one point if I would have time to dress up but I’m very happy I did because I showed my true colors and matched my work. I also wanted to send a message out to everyone to feel proud and happy of who you are and to set an example that you can dress any way you want. I typically am not feminine at all in my regular life but I have this fire inside of me and an alter ego thats a super diva, her names lady mustache and she came out shining last night.