Publications & Collaborations

William Head Institution’s 2ND ANNUAL COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FAIR

I feel incredibly proud to be the guest artist of the 2nd Annual Community Connections Fair. This year I will be there showing some of my most meaningful and controversial artworks (three of my definitely requested works Asia, Leroy and Zahid from the 8 piece and growing collection Children of our world/ Faces of war will be there!) and  to answer any questions regarding my art that the visitors & guests may have for me.

Dr. Lisa Gunderson from One Love Consulting (https://oneloveconsulting.com)  & Cecilia Rossander, Social Programs Officer at William Head Institution and on behalf of the Ethno Cultural Committee have invited me and I feel honoured to be part of this event. 

I hope to see you there



Szyp published by October Hill Magazine Winter Issue 2020

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Incredibly excited and proud of once again having my artworks and my poem published by the Remarkable team at October Hill Magazine, New York, USA.

Where the talented team led by Richard Merli puts together an outstanding selection of poems, fiction short stories, and art to invite the reader to dream with their eyes open.

https://www.octoberhillmagazine.com/fall-2019

"The Story" Book illustrated by Szyp

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"The Story" Book

I have worked on a special project. I was contacted by a facilitator from the Saskatchewan correctional centre. They are running program to help people who for the wrong choices are inside and unable to maintain a strong relationship with their love ones. 

Some of the participants of this program have decided to write books. Books that they hope, will help them rekindle that relationship. And I am so glad and thankful I had the chance to collaborate with them as illustrator of one of the books.  Wyatt Bear is the author.

Chrissy's Afro-Textured Hair illustrated by Szyp

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Chrissy's Afro-Textured Hair Children's book

It was wonderful to see  the 17 illustrations and the cover for the children’s book I had been working since November 2017 come to life. 

 “Chrissy's Afro-Textured Hair Adventure" 

April 28 2019 book launched ~ 

Szyp interview by Here! Magazine

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Here! Magazine

My interview on HERE! Magazine was a great opportunity to talk about being an immigrant in this beautiful city and also feeling local after so many years of living here.
Jakelina Listes , Director of Partnership and Collaboration, did a terrific job interviewing me and her words and the way she tells my story could have not been better. 

Personaland

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History

Personaland begun as a creative urge nearly forty years ago, visionary artist, Stewart Wilson, has fashioned over 31,000 individual sculptures - the Personas - wrapped representative from anther dimension. In addition to thes sculptures, Stewart has created thousands of drawings, paintings, prints and tableaus about them which have been exhibited and distributed world-wide. The Personas have been the topic of articles from the New York Times to MTV, Japanese fashion journals, Neiman Marcus catalogues and numerous art publications. Stewart has been co-founder of two non-profit arts organizations, Public Image (1980-84, NYC) and Art well Gallery (1995-2011, Northwest CT).


Stewart Wilson is a great human being and he has supported me from the start! Take a look into his world!

Voice of Eve Magazine

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I was approached by the magazine's editor to see if I wanted to be feature my work on their issue #20. 

And then I got offered to be on the cover!!! and I got paid!

I was so exited about this!

it was one of those moments that you feel like running and phoning your mom and letting her know!

Sadly the magazine is closing down. 

But I got my moment of happy!

October Hill Magazine

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Szyp.ca  Poetry made it to New York! “Golden Storm” has been featured on their Spring 2019 issue by October Hill Magazine.
If you would want to download your very own issue follow this link
https://www.octoberhillmagazine.com/spring-2019
Everyday is shining brighter! Thank you to each of you who have been walking this path beside me! Big hugs!!! Let’s celebrate 🥂!!!

The Heroine's Journey Interview

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The Heroine’s Journey of 

Mara G. Szyp


Posted by PETERDEKUSTER on AUGUST 12, 2019

WHAT IS THE BEST THING THAT I LOVE ABOUT MY WORK? 

THE LIMITLESS CREATIVITY. KNOWING THAT INSIDE MY MIND THERE’S THIS ALMOST MAGICAL CONNECTION BETWEEN COLOURS, THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS… MEANINGS THAT I GIVE TO SHAPES AND THAT WITHOUT ANY NEED FOR WORDS…SOMEONE OUT THERE IN THIS VAST PLANET WILL SEE WHAT I CREATED AND WILL FEEL SOMETHING!

WHAT IS MY IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS? 

MY IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS IS WHEN MY HEAD, MY BODY, MY HEART AND SOUL ARE IN HARMONY. FIRST AND FOREMOST BE IN A HONEST RELATIONSHIP WITH MYSELF. LOVING AND RESPECTING THE PERSON I AM. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN WHAT I NEED, WHAT I WANT AND WHAT I DO WITH WHAT I HAVE. LOVE, PASSION, THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT MEAN THE WORLD TO ME.

WHAT IS MY GREATEST FEAR? 

TO WASTE MY LIFE IN THINGS THAT DON’T MATTER, TO BE IN MY LAST SECONDS AND REALIZE I DIDN’T ENJOY BEING ALIVE. 

WHAT IS THE TRAIT THAT I MOST DEPLORE IN MYSELF? 

MY SELF–CRITIC. I GUESS I COULD BLAME IT ON THE APPRECIATION AND APPROVAL THAT I DIDN’T GET WHEN I WAS A CHILD, BUT IN ALL FAIRNESS AT THIS AGE I KNOW IT IS MORE ME THAN ANYTHING ELSE. THAT NAGGING VOICE THAT IT IS MY WORST ENEMY.