Hi there! I'm Maria.
I am an artist, teacher, plant eater, introvert, and all around joy seeker.
I make carefully orchestrated, patterned paintings depicting domestic interiors with bold, layered planes of color, repeated motifs, and a shallow sense of space. Akin to writing in a journal, the paintings are a record of lived and imagined experiences. My work gives voice to the often trivialized feminine interior and reflects a contemplation of the whimsical space between reality, memory, and a daydream.
Balance, repetition, joyful color, and a little bit of friendly confusion guide my decision making process. The work often begins with a single pattern created in a state of quiet introspection. Objects then interrupt the plane and propose both visual and narrative problems to be solved. Beneath the conglomeration of motifs is the suggestion of personal identity tied to the repetition of daily life - domestic work, the adornment of one’s home, self care, etc. - and the joyfulness that can be found within.
I have an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Washington and a dual BFA in Studio Art and Art Education from Michigan State University. I currently live and work in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Thank you for stopping by. I would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with any inquiries or just to say hello.