Maria's work exemplifies a pre-occupation with aesthetic seduction masking underlying, unsettling themes. The cycle of life, death and rebirth is explored through the use of alchemy and transformative process, metamorphosis and regeneration.
By using ivy as a visual metaphor Maria aims to explore the strength and enduring spirit of nature. Its strong celtic symbolism for resilience and survival is put to the test through the printing process. By using a base lino cut of a grain design, ivy is rolled through the press and used as a stencil being twisted and turned to signify the interweaving of its growth pattern. The resulting paper works feel carnal, impregnated with stains from pressed foliage and despite the pressure of the press still retain their dimensional imprint.
Process and change is at the centre of Maria's work, using natural forces, chemical reactions and re-interpretation of traditional art-making techniques. She aims to explore and celebrate the vibrancy, vitality and determination of nature and humankind to overcome and persevere.
Clyde and Co. Award