Maria Rozalia Finna
Maria Rozalia Finna is at the forefront of Australia's pop-surrealist movement.
Her work explores femininity, through psychedelia and surrealism as well as
themes of intuition, fertility and the sensitive relationship of the female psyche to
nature. Her characters are often anthropomorphic embodiments of natural,
physical and esoteric concepts and entities. Through her creative process she
shapes abstract and esoteric ideas and beings into living, visceral forms.
Throughout her work, Maria engages with wordplay to form narrative syntheses
and bring new characters and worlds into being. She connects disparate objects
through word association, fusing high-art aesthetics with a low-brow sensibility
towards language. She challenges the conventional conceptual approach to art expounding, a
visceral, expressive form of surrealism that eschews pretension and illusory
cleverness for originality, substance, and heart.
Maria’s work re appropriates pop culture icons, transplanting familiar characters
and stories into psychedelic and surreal states and scenarios and augmenting
the inherent surreality and absurdity of pop-culture.
She takes inspiration from a range of sources, from traditional children’s
illustrations and fantasy, to 80's animation and Kawaii culture. Her oeuvre forms
an eclectic pastiche, spanning from saccharine psychedelia to muted, ethereal