M.K. Hajdin (pronounced like Haydn) is a contemporary abstract artist.
Hajdin grew up in the United States. She began drawing, painting and sculpting at the age of 12, but received little encouragement from family. “They wanted me to do something high-status that would make a lot of money, like a doctor or a lawyer. They were sure that nobody could make a living as an artist.”
It was her dream to go to art school. When that wish came true, however, she found that art school didn’t liberate her talents in the way that she hoped. After a time, she decided to forego the traditional art-school route and study art independently. She now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hajdin chose abstraction partly because “abstraction doesn’t exploit women’s bodies, something that happens too often in more realistic types of art.”
“Color should be liberated from the tyranny of form,” she says.
She developed her technique “by exploring, by trial and error”. She favors knife painting over brushes. “With a knife, you can build up and scrape down paint. It’s very textural. I’m really a frustrated sculptor.”
Hajdin says that her main influences are Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Lee Krasner and Helen Frankenthaler.
“I love Frankenthaler’s flow and her color schemes,” she says. “I love Krasner’s energetic brushwork and Rothko’s stillness.
“I love Clyfford Still’s attitude. Like, the hell with everybody!”
As an artist, her mission is “to turn every wall into a window.”