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Maja Ruznic is the recipient of the 2022 Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency at Tamarind Institute. Ruznic (b. 1983, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a New Mexico-based artist whose practices draw upon memories, myths, and traumas related to her experiences as a refugee. Through the process of painting and mark-making, Ruznic unearths the meaning behind her ethereal figures. These faint figures highlight the fluidity of Ruznic's hand, inspiring a deeper understanding of the unconscious mind and the ­weight of history. Ruznic explains that she paints with “the drunken hand,” describing her method of conjuring a memory through an intuitive impulse that knows something she may not.

Ruznic's work is represented in the collections of the Dallas Art Museum, Dallas; The Rachofsky House, Dallas; EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland; the Jiménez–Colón Collection, Puerto Rico; and Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. Recent exhibitions include Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato, Italy (2021); Harwood Museum of Art Taos (2021); Conduit Gallery, Dallas (2020); and Denny Dimin Gallery, New York (2019).

This is a free, in-person event sponsored by Tamarind Institute and held at the Albuquerque Museum. Registration is encouraged.

Support provided by Frederick Hammersley Fund for the Arts at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.