Maggie's artist Bio.


   Book sculpture      'The Fragile Alliance'    

Maggie Cullen lives and works in Wirksworth near Matlock in Derbyshire. She studied for her BA and a Fellowship at Exeter followed by an MA from the RCA School of Sculpture.

Maggie's work is focused around the human form, our personal identity, our personal space, our stories and bizarre behaviours, a folly of living theatre. Working with discarded books, found discarded materials 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 occupations, religious beliefs, traditions and rituals with a splash of ancient legends, This mishmash of concepts accumulate into the stance of  small vulnerable figures made from overtly fragile materials.

 The small scale and delicate materials enhance the jewel like presence of the individual works which inhabit a tiny amount of real space  

 'Bookworks are developed from discarded copies of novels written by famous authors, some of them illustrate an affectionate connection with Derbyshire. Delicate paper figures grow from the pages linked to the transitory nature of ideas embodied within the novels. The titles are taken from passages in the novels, they grasp a moment in time from the author's writings,


                                                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" 

This work is inspired by the beautiful landscape of Derbyshire, in particular the lost ancient forests which once covered the vast moorlands, the figures are 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                            


 '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 



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

Paper sculpture, framed 60x40cm