Known for her poetic sensibility, Lesia Maruschak, is recognized as a contemporary artist who unveils an inner beauty defying place and time. Born in Alvena (Canada) in 1961, she spent her childhood on the Canadian prairies. She later received her MA in ethnography from the University of Saskatchewan, and a MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Inspired by Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko and Peter Lindbergh -
Lesia's works explore identity and being, man's relationship to memory; and the confluence of space and time in the environment.
My work is predominantly photography based, based on a language of props, mourning garments, reworked vintage images, performance and techniques dating to back to the 1st century BCE Fayoum mummy prints. I work to create a synergy - engaging the seer and transporting him/her to a space of meditation, reflection and inquiry- are key areas of interest for her
Maruschak’s exploration of the medium of photography and its boundaries - in her works and metaphorical performative elements – coexists with an emotional intensity, a sensibility and an honesty that come from deep within her. Her works delve into a visual exploration of our understanding of eternal subjects at the root of humanity. Peter Lindbergh states: "I very much admire the honesty in your work and I do feel your love and empathy in all your photographs I know and love."
Maruschak's works are in various national and international private and public collections and she has received numerous awards including the Governor General of Canada's Caring Canadian Award and the Sovereign Medal award among others.
She currently lives between Ottawa and Alvena.