A+ Art showcases Mara Viksnins in one-woman show

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 04:35 PM.

Mara Viksnins has been an artist forever; realizing it just took a while.

When growing up in New York City, Viksnins always had a pen, ink, and paper on which to draw. Her dad enjoyed painting copies of Monet and Renoir's work.

It only came naturally that Viksnins would pick up her dad's habits and inclinations.

"It was always there as I was always sketching during class in school and drawing faces," she said.

Viksnins still leans toward drawing faces, even if her initial intention is to create an abstract work, and the face seems to always be that of a woman.

"Sometimes I start with a total abstract, but toward the end I will think you know, this needs a face and I put in a woman," she says, as if even she is baffled by the compulsion.

"I'm kind of obsessed with it," she says. "I put icons, secret messages and suggestions in my paintings — I guess as my way of communicating. Some people don't see them and some do."

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