Maggie's artist Bio.


   Book sculpture      'The Fragile Alliance'


A very short statement...........     

Maggie Cullen lives and works in Wirksworth near Matlock in Derbyshire

Studied: BA & Fellowship in Fine Art, Exeter.  MA, RCA, School of Sculpture

My work is focused around the human form an expression a tiny abstracted reflection of our confusions. Exploring  personal identity, personal space our stories and bizarre behaviours. Using recycled materials and small scale I see my work is an expression of the folly of living theatre. I work with discarded books, found discarded materials and natural moorland detritus. Using found materials intending my work to leave only a small footprint in a world full of discarded materials and limited resources,  The fragility of paper and woodland debris is also  in sympathy with the ephemeral nature of the works.




It 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  



These are developed from discarded novels often written by famous authors, found in last of the line boxes in bookshops. I select them from the title, an passage or a dedication written on the flysheet, 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 or dedication written inside, they grasp a moment in time from the author's writings,



 Large Instillation made from Moorland debris



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

An instillation made from reconstructed moorland debris, collected from Stanton Moor and Black Rocks. the work derives from evening walks over the silent Derbyshire Moorland. It is an implulsive response to the silent mystical presence we can experience on the moors. A sense of the massive forests which in the past covered the land. The standing stones left behind evidence of long forgotten past human activites of ritual of building and exploitation. The moorland still possesses its stillness and mysterious atmasphere.

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 cohurches,

  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 600 x 400mm 



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

Paper sculpture, framed 600 x 400mm