Triandafellos is a visual artist exploring the processes of transformation and perception and technology using digital and AI tools. She won an award from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to create and mint an NFT. Her work has displayed on the digital facade of the NASDAQ building, Hilton Times Square, a mural for a private Brooklyn residence, and an 80 ft mural for the American Museum of Natural History. Additionally, her she's been exhibited in MvVo Ad Art Show, Frieze NYC, Superfine Art Fair and The Other Art Fair. Marya's art can be found in the permanent collection of The College of New Jersey, MoMA Library, and private collections. Triandafellos earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from NYU's Gallatin School.
As an early pioneer of digital art, I explore the processes of transformation and perception. To start my process, I source images and colors from real life. When I’m attracted by light, composition, and color either in urban environments or nature, I photograph it. Then the image is transformed using digital and AI tools through the magic of the computer. The transformation process is fun, surprising, and empowering and results in an image characterized by vibrant, whimsical color, dynamic compositions, and abstraction.
My practice is strongly influenced by the color palette of Pop Art, the science of perception, and the considerations of utopian vs. dystopian realities. I love the vibrant colors of Pop Art and pull color palettes those artists and from my own, then optimize them. The optimized palette is expressed in the digital drawing, one of the two AI input images.
I find the science of perception fascinating and consider how viewing my “unfamiliar” art is a challenge for the brain to interpret. Does this “perceptual workout” process train us to interpret other foreign visual situations? (Scientists don’t have all the answers on the complexities of our brain’s processing of visual data.)
My work is rooted in the present moment as I work digitally native and wonder about our future – whether it will be utopian or dystopian. We are predominantly fed dystopian images and messages about an antagonistic relationship with technology and computers. I’m here to evangelize the opposite. We control technology and have the power to utilize it to create positive outcomes. Technology is just a tool – we decide how it can best serve us. How will we navigate between our future worlds IRL and in the metaverse? I vote for utopia!