Zuzana Medzay

 
 
I am a creative artist employing a 2000 years old technique called Encaustic painting, also known as Hot wax painting. 
My artwork is predominantly created in my Atelier in Trnava, where I live as well. Playing with fire I let my life-force flow through my paintings… 
I was born in 1980 in Trnava. I've been keen on Encaustic technique since 2004 because it expressed my creativity more than any other medium. The power of emotions and lapsing of life's cycle, are two of the themes of my intuitive expressive paintings. Phoenix, Way, Elements within and around us, Beginnings and Endings, Acceptance, Life itself, along with all its inherent emotions that we experience, and live on...   are the topics I paint about...
Encaustic art is about fire and its power. I never even have an idea what this fire is going to do with the picture at the end. I just trust the element of fire as I trust life. The word encaustic is of Greek origin meaning „to burn out“ or „to burn up“ and thus recreating and transforming something old to something new through the power of fire.
I paint for charity as well. I am one of the first accredited art therapist in Slovakia. My work has been exhibited in several Slovak towns such as Piešťany, Trnava, Zvolen, Bratislava – Palfy palace, VIP Audi Gallery as well as in Prague (Czech republic), London (UK), Golaszewo (Poland). I have participated in 20 exhibitions and also regularly show at fairs - Moddom Art Bratislava, or Furniture and Housing - Art Nitra  (Nábytok a bývanie – Art Nitra).  For my work and encaustic art restoration I was awarded a prize from The Trnava Palette competition (Trnavská paleta) in 2010. The same year I was honoured to be a co-artist of a beautiful project – Painted Equator  (Maľovaný rovník) – where I painted the theme  “So that our children could laugh” (Aby sa naše deti mohli smiať). I have already illustrated five books, one of them dedicated to children.
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Som výtvarníčka maľujúca 2000 rokov starou technikou - pôvodnou enkaustikou. Žijem a tvorím v Trnave. Hrám sa s ohňom a nechávam život plynúť cez moje obrazy... 
Narodila som sa v roku 1980 v Trnave. Enkaustikou maľujem od roku 2004. Vybrala som si ju ako techniku, ktorá ma najviac vystihuje v mojom výtvarnom prejave. Maľujem intuitívne expresívne maľby. Mojimi námetmi sú sila emócií, plynutie, kolobeh na zemi. Maľujem témy ako napríklad Fénix, Cesta, Živly v nás a okolo nás, Začiatky a konce, Prijatie, Život sám so všetkými emóciami, ktoré do života patria, ktoré vieme prežívať a žiť…
Enkaustika je o ohni a sile ohňa. Nikdy netuším, čo urobí oheň s obrazom. Dôverujem živlu ohňa tak ako životu. Slovo enkaustika znamená v gréčtine vypáliť alebo spáliť a tým pretvárať niečo staré na nové zmenou a silou ohňa.
Maľovala som už viackrát pre charitu. Som jedným z prvých akreditovaných arteterapeutov na Slovensku. Svoje diela som vystavovala v rôznych mestách na Slovensku (Piešťany, Trnava, Zvolen, Bratislava – Pálfyho Palác, VIP Audi Gallery), v Českej republike (Praha), Veľká Británia (Londýn) a Poľsko (Golaszewo). Mala som už 8 autorských a 12 spoluautorských výstav. Svoju tvorbu pravidelne predstavujem aj na veľtrhoch Moddom Art Bratislava alebo Nábytok a bývanie – Art Nitra. Bola som ocenená na Trnavskej palete za svoju tvorbu a navrátenie enkaustiky v roku 2010. V roku 2010 som zároveň mohla byť spoluvýtvarníkom pri prekrásnom projekte – Maľovaný rovník – kde som namaľovala tému “Aby sa naše deti mohli smiať…  Ilustrovala som už päť kníh, z toho jednu pre deti. Žijem a tvorím v Trnave.  

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PhDr. Vojtech Haring PhD about Zuzana
Psychologist, humourist, writer
Zuzana Medzay has chosen a two thousands year old technique to express her feelings.
Originally hot beeswax imbued with pigments was laid on a surface. Among Slovak artists, Jozef Fabíni resurrected this technique in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Zuzana, with her knowledge as a former candle maker, started to replace or supplement the beeswax with other kinds of wax of similar characteristics, but more significant is that they do not darken over time, as beeswax does. 
Certainly her individual technique is an innovation. She is thematically focused on archetypal symbols like tree, phoenix, home... Modifying the encaustic technique enables her to create works with a strong emotional message. Utilising the plasticity of material and through relief modelling or assemblage she gets out of two - dimensional space. Her work is both for eyes and the mind...
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PhDr. Vojtech Haring PhD 
Psychológ, humorista, spisovateľ
Zuzana Medzay si k vyjadreniu vlastných pocitov zvolila tisícročia starú techniku enkaustiku, ktorá bola využívaná hlavne v antickej dobe. Pôvodne šlo o techniku, v ktorej pigmentami sýtený včelí vosk sa za tepla nanášal na podklad. V slovenskom výtvarníctve sa o renesanciu v tejto tvorbe v 2.polovici 20.storočia pokúšal Jozef Fabini. Zuzana svojou znalosťou z výroby sviečok začala nahrádzať alebo dopĺňať včelí vosk aj inými voskami, ktoré majú podobné vlastnosti a navyše časom net-mavnú, tak ako včelí vosk. S určitou mierou voľnosti možno povedať, že práce Zuzany Medzay sú vytvorené inovovanou technikou enkaustiky. Tématicky sa orientuje na archetypálne symboly ako je strom, fénix, domov… Modifikácia enkaustickej techniky jej umožňuje vytvárať diela so silným emočným odkazom. Využíva možnosť plasticity materiálu a prekračuje alebo vystupuje z dvojrozmernosti reliéfnou modeláciou alebo asamblážou. Na diela Zuzany Medzay sa možno dívať a pritom meditovať...
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A piece of my story... and my painting...

In 2009 my family and I were in a car accident. My husband and my little son died. For a long time, I was confined to bed and then to a wheelchair, trying to find any meaning in life…. because the one I lived for, my joy and happiness, was gone.
I have found new meaning in life through painting. In fact, I had had a lot of barriers in my head to my being an artist before the accident. But after, I was not able to do anything but paint. I could not stop. It became my remedy and my pleasure. The creative world is where I am the happiest. Painting has been healing for me. For I am happy in the world of creativity full of colors.
I don’t paint with my eyes. I paint with my heart led by my emotions. My body is just a simple tool to hold paintbrushes and other tools. When I feel my painting is finished, I consciously step out of the creative process and I look at it with new eyes.
Encaustic is about fire. I often burn my pictures many times. My paintings are expressive, full of emotions and playing with fire.
I believe that life itself is the strongest moving power here on earth, and I also love philosophy. For example, Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “Make your own destiny. Become who you are.” I think that our psyche and our feeling of inner peace is the most important. When I myself can stay calm and satisfied, then I will be able to live calmly and peacefully.
I was walking El Camino de Santiago. That walk has changed me and my life the most. In 2012  I walked almost 1000 km of the path. It changed my perception of life. Life is a pilgrimage.  I walk as a pilgrim, with only a backpack and my own shoes. I have my own rhythm. I meet a lot of new interesting people. The pilgrimage, just like life itself, has its ups and downs. Sometimes it’s boring, other times very interesting. You walk through forests and busy cities.
I love this short prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Fire is one of nature’s strongest elements. As is water, wind or earth.
Nature is stronger than people.
But our problem often is… that we do not remember this fact.
Fire may harm, burn but fire may also give heat, it can change and create something new, exactly as all nature can. Nothing stays the same, nature is full of changes.
When nature shows us its strength … we are vulnerable…
Fire is my loving element which transforms colors into beautiful pictures.
Fire is often stronger than my plans or visions.

And it’s the same in our lives.
Nature, and its rules, are stronger than we are.
We should appreciate and respect nature more.
We should also remember that we – people, are like small drops of water in the ocean…
Fire still teaches me humility.

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