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Marta Sytniewski’s Statement

My greatest passion and calling in life is to help people through my art. After an examination of the history of contemporary art and analysis of postmodern art theory, I formulated my independent Significant Art theory on which my paintings are based. I believe that art should be educational, through deliberate allegories and symbolisms, and that its informative potential should be socially constructive. While postmodern art tends to deconstruct beliefs and expose problems, I believe that art could suggest alternative actions, solutions to problems, or at least encourage hope for a positive outcome. Significant Art theory also values technical difficulty, advanced skill level, originality, innovation and aesthetic quality in art.

I presented my paintings “Human Behavioral Predispositions” and “Significant Art” with my independent research study “New Empathy Measure Finds Two Types of Cognitive Empathy” during the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention. I presented my five-canvas painting “Psychosocial Effects of the Smolensk Catastrophe” during Wieslaw K. Binienda’s, Ph.D., F. ASCE research presentation: “Analysis of the Presidential Plane Crash in Smolensk, Russia”. I gave another presentation about my painting “Compassion in Social Condemnation”, during the Nineteenth Annual Research Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University. I earned a B.A. in Psychology degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 2011 and a A.A. degree from Wilbur Wright College. I have studied art academically at both universities, independently form literature and practice, and privately in apprenticeship with my mom, Anna Jelen, M.F.A., since early childhood.

Research functions as support and reference for the predominant themes of positive action, hope, love, peace and understanding in my work. In order to address a diverse audience with positive messages, I utilize traditional and contemporary painting styles, reference social sciences, current events and everyday situations. My love of Chicago and my Polish-American heritage also transcend through my art. I aim to maximize the informative potential of my work, to stress its emotionally charged presentation and to continually improve upon its technical and aesthetic appeal.

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