April 11, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Saturday, March 6 - Sunday, September 26, 2021

In the Sliver of the Sun : Maja Ruznic

Artist Talk - Thursday, April 22nd at 5:30 pm

Zoom Link: https://unm.zoom.us/j/98891283412
Passcode: 301490

The works in this series, titled In the Sliver of the Sun, depict ghostly figures that arouse a sense of touch through erasure. Simultaneously fading into and emerging from the horizon, they seem to be returning from a long journey. Ruznic uses thin stains and washes of acrylic and oil paint to create the initial compositions for these works. She builds up the surfaces by scumbling and layering, then sands the dry paint to expose the tooth and texture of the canvas. This unique subtractive process leaves us with a sense of ghostly materiality—an undefined absence.


Maja Ruznic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. After fleeing the Bosnian War, she and her family immigrated to the United States in 1995. She went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley and received her MFA from California College of the Arts. Ruznic’s experiences as a Bosnian war refugee and immigrant prefaced her artistic preoccupations with history, myth, suffering, and trauma. Vivid and darkly humorous, her figures emerge from the canvas with the hazy incandescence of memory.

She has exhibited internationally and her work has been written about extensively, most notably in Artforum, ArtMaze Magazine, Juxtapoz, New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Ruznic lives and works in Roswell, New Mexico.  

Maja Ruznic, The Return, 2020, 100” h x 76”l, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist and Conduit Gallery. Collection of Marguerite Steed Hoffman.

This exhibition is made possible in part by Heritage Hotels & Resorts and supporters of the Harwood Museum Alliance Online Auction.