Maggy J


Maggy J

What inspires your art practice?
My art practice is environmentally based, I use pre-used materials that would go into landfill to create appealing and captivating textile artworks that celebrate the hand made and the value of ‘womanly’ skills and crafts. The unusual and unexpected materials used, often ‘masculine’ in nature is a vehicle for the discussions about gender equality, consumerism and waste disposal.

What materials do you work in?
I have become a collector of pre-used materials that I can use in unexpected or contradictory ways to carry the environmental and gender equality messages that underpin my art practice.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Great Gran, Lady’s Maid: The diaphanous wire gowns of Great Gran, Lady’s Maid express the strength of women and the social norms that did not allow women to expose their bodies. The strength and courage of my Great Grandmother when she came NZ to marry were sublimated by the stultifying rules of etiquette and the net construction alludes to this.

Ever Repeating Patterns Nature: Ever Repeating Patterns is an expression of the cellular replication found in nature, and
the shadows that are created continue to replicate and repeat the patterns of nature. The crocheted wire is reminiscent of the doilies made by my grandmother and the pre-used copper wire of the importance of the hand made in these times of mass production and our dependence on technology.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Parker Gallery, Nelson, Sculpture on the Peninsula 2021

Where did you study?
Master of Fine Arts (Hons) Whitecliffe College of Art and Design

Sculptures by Maggy J

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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