Mara Magyarosi-Laytner

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner

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Artist: Mara Magyarosi-Laytner
Title: The Untended Garden - Echo
Archival pigment print

17" x 25"

they convinced me i only had a few good years left before i was replaced by a girl younger than me as though men yield power with age but women grow into irrelevance they can keep their lies for i have just gotten started An Excerpt from timeless by Rupi Kaur Throughout history, women have been held up to the exacting standards of society. These standards, taught to us as young girls and reinforced in a multitude of ways, affect the views that women hold of themselves as they age. From the start of my thirties, I’ve spent so much time questioning who I am and why I see myself in that way. I’ve been told throughout my entire life that there was a certain set of “perfections” I had to uphold to be an ideal woman. Many of those ideas clash with my own, and this fracture of thought is where this exploration began. The Untended Garden is a visual reflection structured in three acts – the expectations of women as informed by society and culture, the transformation that women reach as they break through during their coming of age, and the resolution of self that comes from the acceptance of flaws and the reality of aging. By combining still life and self-portrait photographs with experimental photographic alcohol transfer methods, this project explores multiple facets of the cyclical nature of life in a garden as a metaphor to reflect on the experience of women. At the heart of this work, The Untended Garden is about the universality of transforming identity and gaining the wisdom to see flaws as strengths.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alumni: Photography & Art Education + 2012

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner is a Detroit based artist, educator, and alternative process enthusiast. A graduate of both the College for Creative Studies and the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has experience across photography, education, and arts administration, culminating in her MA in Arts Administration in 2016 and her MFA in Photography in 2022. Her work pairs experimental photography methods to explore identity through a symbolic and poetic lens. The artist and her work have been shown in many spaces across the United States and internationally, including the ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada, and exhibitions in Italy, France, and Hungary. Mara has been featured in multiple articles and periodicals, including Complex, The Hand Magazine, and Aeonian Magazine. In 2022, her work from The Untended Garden was a Photo Lucida Critical Mass Finalist. Mara proudly is the founder of the Silver Water Collective, an all women artist collective celebrating the work of ten fine art photographers across North America.