Peoplescapes. My interest over the past two years addresses the awkwardness of reentering public space. The pandemic shut down large social interaction, making large crowds an abstract event. I use the intricacy of an image of many people to build a painting that is also mostly abstract. The structure of the painting is based on the energy and form of a crowd. The color is based on intuition. I love the quick-drying nature of acrylic paint. This speed allows me to layer and integrate pieces into one cohesive artwork. My work straddles a line between pure abstraction that might be seen in an early Lee Krasner, but I am also deeply attracted to the figurative elements in Cicely Brown’s work. I am interested in pushing the scale of this work as the series progresses.
Mya Levitch is a graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts student with an emphasis in painting and a minor in psychology. She received the Ruth Leverton academic scholarship for all four years in University. Levitch has been an active member of the art community, partaking in UNL Photo Club and serving as the UNL Painting Club Primary Programmer. She also works for a hand-made wallpaper company as a studio artist. Her work has been featured in three group exhibitions including 2021 “Work from Cedar Point” Medici Gallery, 2021 “Oil & Dirt, Works From the Members of the UNL Painting Club” Medici Gallery, and 2021 “UNL Photo Club Exhibition” Medici Gallery. She was interviewed for the Nebraska News Service, 2020, “The Arts & Crafting Their Work at Home” about her artwork and the adjustments made to art education during the coronavirus pandemic.