Work by Mariko Azis

As a student who had never taken art classes prior to the studio classes at Cornell, my work has in general been informed not by training so much as it has been by instinct, which is reflected in this sample of recent works. From my background as a psychology major originally, most of my work is driven by a thoughtful consideration of topics in perception and psychodynamic symbolism. My instincts have been aligned with a focus on an aesthetic of high-contrast monochrome in order to focus on human and anthropomorphic figures. More recently these perceptual ideas have been applied to their feminist implications, specifically in reintroducing paradigms of gender-based and psychosexual power and dominance.

Mariko Azis