Maggie's artist Bio.

 

   Book sculpture      'The Fragile Alliance'    

About Work

Maggie's work is focused around the human form, our stories, bizarre behaviours, a folly of living theatre. She works with paper , discarded books, found material and natural moorland detritus. The fragility of paper and woodland debris is in sympathy with the ephemeral nature of her work.

Her work emanates from a shared sense of human fragility, our emotions and the topsy-turvy ceremonies of everyday life. The daily banal fused together with  a bewilderment of disparate, haphazard religious beliefs to traditional village rituals with a splash of ancient North European legends, These concepts accumulate into the stance of  small vulnerable figures made from overtly fragile materials.

 The small scale and delicate materials are important elements to enhance  low profile  individual works which take a tiny amount of real space,

Bookworks

Develop from the book title, contents of the book or the dedication on the fly leaf. Using book paper to create each piece, contributing to the continued life of a discarded book.

Delicate figures grow from the book, paper thin and extremely light linked to the transitory nature of ideas embodied in the works.

 

                                 

                                                All things Bight and Beautiful

 

             Made from an old small leather bound Hymn book H:140mm,  Sept 2014

 

 

                                 

 "One Summer warmed night a windswept song from the Fid-nemith to the circling Moon" 

Made from reconstructed moorland debris, gathered around moorland of Black Rock and nearby Stanton Moor. The instillation derives from walking over the moors of Derbyshire. It is an impulsive response to the silent implicit mystical presence one experiences on moorland. The sense past human ritual activities and enchantment of long lost ancient forests which once grew there. The structure is also a gesture towards the large standing stones and numerous forgotten mythical sites constructed on moorlands.                         

There are several remaining stone circles in Derbyshire; the largest  although, the stones are lying flat on the ground, is 'Arbor Low' .There are also many  large standing stones and very old images of 'The Green Man'  appear as carvings around the exterior and interior walls of churches,

  Fid-nemith is an old Irish word, which means a sacred circle of trees.  H:1500mm x W:2500mm                            


 
 

A Pussy Riot Bookwork Aug 2012

Made of book paper from 1860s leather bound book, music paper and 23c gold leaf

made in response to the sad treatment of women in Russian Punkrock group Pussy Riot

 

 

'Jack Smith, Jack Moon, poor Jack of every trade'

Paper sculpture, framed 60x40cm 

 

Education:

BA and 1 year Fellowship, Exeter College of Art

MA. RCA. School of Sculpture, Royal College of Art

After leaving the RCA Maggie moved to the East End of London living in an 'Acme' house/studio for artists in Bow, In London Maggie worked for Berkshire College of Art and Design in Maidenhead, Lavender Hill in Battersea, Stepney Green Arts Centre for children and for London Bgh of Tower Hamlets.

In Derbyshire Maggie has worked as Curator and Exhibitions Organizer for: Buxton Art Gallery, Museum of Childhood, Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire and Derby Museum and Art Gallery.


 

 

'T'owd Oss, the cock and the Magpie'

Paper sculpture, framed 60x40cm