Maria Senzig is a senior in the BFA program for Design and Visual Communication, while also acquiring a minor is JAMS with an emphasis in advertising. She fuels her work through her knowledge of communication and design while also incorporating her passion for fine arts, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, and music. Maria finds a lot of inspiration through nature and believes all answers can be found in the structures of the natural world. Whether that’s using features from organic matter or using it as a form of reflection, she looks to these constants as a template to align her life and work with. When she isn’t creating, she can be found exploring new places, creating memories with her favorite people, or binging shows on Netflix. Her focus in life is on experience. Maria seeks experiences that ignite her soul, and loves the small blissful moments that life offers her. She doesn’t believe that things come easy, whether that be a design breakthrough or simply finding yourself. She uses her design to not only better understand herself, but as a tool to better understand the world and the people around her. Design is not meant for a single person, and it takes empathy to understand the needs of others. She believes empathy and love are the commonalities of us all, and strives to help others grow their understanding of themselves and the world alongside her.
My manifesto is an experiment on digital painting, animation, and typography. Its style is laid out as scenes that are panned through and focused on to bring context and visual to my 9 points of communication. There are factors that move consistently in the piece while others remain stagnant, giving emphasis to things I find important and to guide the viewers through the experience. The warm color palette is both soothing and tranquil while also being active and energetic. My biggest theme in this piece is balance. It shows the subtleties of movement and rest, light and dark, good and bad. The point I hope people can pull from my manifesto is that all are necessary to understand yourself, and that you must accept both sides to find happiness. The style of the work is realistic, yet stylized. This plays into the individual aspect that life brings, a shared experience while also looking through single lenses. Sometimes we feel as if we do not understand our place in the world, and feel isolated through the very things that make us who we are. As a person who considers herself an introvert, I feel this daily. I want to create that vulnerable space that makes others realize that we all are simply trying to find that place. The key is to live in the moment and love all that it offers. If we can achieve that, I promise, the rest will come naturally.