María Korol was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1980 and moved to the United States in 2004. Her former education in classic and modern dance shifted to an interest in the visual arts while studying at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Master in Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally in places as far afield as Bogotá, New York, and Berlin, and has been the recipient of scholarships to the Women's Art Institute in 2015, and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2016. She has taught courses in drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, and digital photography at Indiana University, Bloomington, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Concordia College, Moorhead, where she also served as the Cyrus M. Running Gallery Director. She is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia and teaches painting and digital photography at Agnes Scott College.
Photo by Tom Meyer
The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.
What is seen and called the picture is what remains - an evidence. Even as one travels in painting toward a state of 'unfreedom' where only certain things can happen, unaccountably the unknown and free must appear.
My drawings are attempts to release what is in my mind, transforming that into an image that I both invent and recognize. A sense of longing in the intensity of color and a search for home in the way the work absorbs me and how it develops are all-important elements. The images grow from inventive improvisation, always keeping process and a sense of discovery to the fore. A tale of what the image is about surges into view, for example: two contrasting zones fighting and embracing each other. I allow a poetic narrative to guide me to events on the surface, leaving room to be lost and searching, changing course. Pushing myself to discoveries through unpredictable moves, being alert to possibilities I had not considered before. This attitude helps me keep the image fresh throughout the process and it is also a philosophical approach. Having no fixed outcome, learning to appreciate the unexpected, adapting and reacting to the influence of one’s changing thoughts and environment: these are helpful attitudes in the studio and in life. I try to surprise myself with new routes of action and thought so I can hopefully create a crack in the work insinuating those possibilities to the viewer.