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Fresh Flowers

flower paintings
Fresh Flowers - ongoing series of oil on paper, 30" x 22' each, 2019 Studio view

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Fresh Flowers #5, oil on paper, 30" h x 22" w 2019

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1 in 5, installation at Central Michigan University. Three watercolor, acrylic, collage paintings on paper mounted on a hand stenciled wallpaper reading 1 in 5, the sexual assault statistics on college campuses. Installation dimensions: 18’w, 10’ h, 2016 Paintings left to right: Red Dress acrylic paint and watercolor on paper 40” x 26”, 2016 Flower Dress acrylic paint and watercolor on paper 60” x 40”, 2016 Rose Dress acrylic paint, watercolor and collage on paper 40” x 26”, 2015

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Women in Black, series of mixed media paintings, silkscreen, acrylic and watercolor on paper, 2018

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About Margaret

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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  Margaret received her MFA from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and her undergraduate degree from Towson University graduating with honors from the art department.    Margaret has exhibited her paintings and works on paper internationally and has received awards and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the State Arts Council of NJ, Puffin Foundation, Change Inc. and the McDowell Colony. She is included on the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for... more

Fresh Flowers

The paintings, Fresh Flowers, are an ongoing series of flower paintings that address the representation and history of flower paintings in the context of feminism and the history of art. I began the series when the impeachment trials began and vowed to make one a week until DJT was impeached. I felt the need to create objects of beauty to comfort the fatigue we all feel, especially women in the age of Trump. Flower paintings have always been considered a lesser form of painting, sensual and beautiful; concerned with the senses therefore not serious. My flower paintings are strongly asserted images of form, beauty and design meant to assert themselves boldly and unapologetically.

1 in 5

1 in 5, installation at Central Michigan University. Three watercolor, acrylic, collage paintings on paper mounted on a hand stenciled wallpaper reading 1 in 5, the sexual assault statistics on college campuses. Installation dimensions: 18’w, 10’ h, 2016
Paintings left to right:

Red Dress
acrylic paint and watercolor on paper
40” x 26”, 2016

Flower Dress
acrylic paint and watercolor on paper
60” x 40”, 2016

Rose Dress
acrylic paint, watercolor and collage on paper
40” x 26”, 2015

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    1 in 5 installation view, Central Michigan University, 2016
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    Flower Dress, 60"h x 40"w with hand stenciled wall. Acrylic and watercolor on paper.
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    Rose Dress, acrylic paint, watercolor and collage on paper 40” x 26”, 2015
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    1 in 5, installation at Central Michigan University. Three watercolor, acrylic, collage paintings on paper mounted on a hand stenciled wallpaper reading 1 in 5, the sexual assault statistics on college campuses. Installation dimensions: 18’w, 10’ h, 2016 Paintings left to right: Red Dress acrylic paint and watercolor on paper 40” x 26”, 2016 Flower Dress acrylic paint and watercolor on paper 60” x 40”, 2016 Rose Dress acrylic paint, watercolor and collage on paper 40” x 26”, 2015

Dresses

My figurative mixed media work explores the construction of gender through everyday objects and artifacts. The discussion of power and class, closely related to gender, play an important role in my work as well.
In my paintings of clothing, I examine the print, color, form and gender of the clothes to invite a dialogue about cultural norms and gender tropes.
My paintings are watercolor and acrylic often incorporating printmaking and collage with paint. I draw on the formal elements of scale, color and texture to reinforce the ideas in my work.

Women in Black

Women in Black series
2016
silkscreen, watercolor and acrylic on paper
19 1/4" h x 13" w each

The “Women in Black” paintings (in a black silkscreened frame) I started in Michigan around the time of the 2016 election. I heard a story about women in Poland protesting the anti-choice legislation there and thousands of women left work, school, home,etc. and went into the streets all in black to protest. My series with the silkscreened frames with black clothing inside is my version of this protest after the 2016 election. I used back clothes from thrift stores, my closet, on line, friends clothes etc. The idea is that they are everyday women’s clothing. The laws controlling women’s bodies and choice effect everyday women…The clothes needn’t be formal mourning clothes.
I silkscreened the frame as the constant in the paintings then painted a different article of clothing in each frame.