Maja Godlewska (Polish, born 1965)
Employing a multi-media technique that includes oil, acrylic, print-making and gold leaf, Godlewska represents the landscapes and architecture she experiences during various overseas residencies. Both natural phenomena and man-made structures in a state of flux serve as consistent inspiration throughout her career, from clouds forming and dissipating to decaying architecture of bygone eras of the Baroque and Rococo. For this latest exhibition, her third solo show with the New Gallery, Godlewska’s canvases and watercolors on paper are filled with inspiration from the baroque churches of Sicily and the forests of Mauritius.
A Charlotte resident since 1997, Godlewska graduated with an MFA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wroclaw with additional graduate training as a Tempus Mobility Grantee in textile design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Her numerous prestigious awards include a Fulbright Fellowship; North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship; UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grants and residencies at pARTage, Mauritius; Upernavik Museum, Greenland; McColl Center for Art+Innovation, Charlotte; and, c.r.e.t.a. roma.