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The Wait

Immigration
The Wait addresses the current issue of migration around the world. I lived in a community wherein over 150 languages were spoken. It also relates to the long queues of people waiting to be allowed in the country. The image shows the various parts of the world where the people come from.

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Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair 2016
This large book shows the back view entitled "INEQUALITY' and is part of the work OASES OF WEALTH-DESERTS OF DESPAIR' The work is in collaboration with poet, Stephen Pohl. It relates to the disparities between the rich and poor neighbourhoods in Baltimore. Images of homes in the rich leafy parts of the city and the row after row of abandoned homes. The work is on handmade felt surface with images photographed, manipulated with stitch and collage. Dimensions: 108"wx80"hx36"d

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"Silhouettes" in Glass 2017
The Baltimore Series relate to the unrest in the city in 2015 re: Freddie Gray's death. Some of the works are in collaboration with poet, Stephen Pohl. The work in this piece is also in collaboration with glass artist, Nanette Bevan. This is the first time I have made a glass book. A series of works relating to "Silhouettes" have been created some in print, book covers and mixed media. "Silhouettes" relate to the National Guards who kept watch in Baltimore City during the riots of 2015.

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About Maria-Theresa

Baltimore City

I have been a professional artist for over 40 yrs  it is a part of my life and work. Throughout my long career I did not work full time as I wanted the time to devote to my art. This has been a very difficult path, however, I would not choose any other discipline. Being an artist is not only the creative drive, but the commitment and belief in yourself. Devoting time to my work gives me the flexibility to have a dialogue with my work;  explore various methods and processes thus allowing for... more

Project 1. Ann Maria Weems 2017

A residency in Rockville addressed the African American community that lived there in the early and mid 1800s. Also included is a
selection of images that show the collection at Beall House (The slave owners who lived in Rockville) at the time. The House is still there
and the collection (Images) show an adaptation of the collection i.e. clothing, interior etc. The removal of the Confederate Monuments around the country has been the subject of my research and as Place is an important factor in my work, recent images reflect the City of Rockville and its monuments which have recently been removed from Montgomery County, MD.

The life of Ann Maria Weems is a prominent feature of this Project. Ann Maria Weems at the age of 15 disguised as a man and escaped to
Canada. Included is work that was influenced by her escape and her life.

  • Ann Maria Weems .jpg

    A series of book covers have been created in collaboration with poet Stephen Pohl. This is an image of Ann Maria Weems in disguise and a poem relating to her escape to Canada. The work is on handmade paper using text that is digitally stitched and collage.
  • Ann Maria W eems -Book Cover Back.jpg

    Ann Maria Weems Back view shows an advertisement for slaves and a reward for finding her. The work is hand and machine stitched on handmade paper and felt.
  • The Shroud-detail.jpg

    A detail of the Shroud. Copper wire mesh with tucks using thread.
  • The Shroud -Front View.jpg

    The Shroud is a covering and alludes to the disguise of Ann Maria Weems as a means of escape. The wire mesh material is hand stitched with tucks to give it form. Copper wire woven, wire mesh, thread.
  • The Shroud -View 2.jpg

    The Shroud -Back View. Wire mesh fabric using hand stitched tucks. The covering alludes to the disguise that Ann Maria Weems could have used as a means of escape. Research at the Montgomery Historical Society Textile Collection at Beall House, Rockville,MD.
  • In Transit -detail.jpg

    Ann Maria Weems back view (In Transit) as she escaped several times to escape her slave owners. The work is mounted on twigs and is mixed media using satin fabric, wool, and wire mesh.The insets have boning to give the garment form.
  • In Transit .jpg

    In Transit alludes to the escape of Ann Maria Weems. This is her back mounted on twigs and branches. The mixed media piece is copper wire mesh and satin fabric. The insets have boning to add form and structure.
  • 2a. %22Migration%22 .jpg

    Textiles
    "Migration" addresses the escape of Ann Maria Weems, the young slave girl who escaped to Canada in the mid 1800s.Ann Maria Weems lived in Rockville, Maryland. The work also refers to the migration of hundreds of migrants around the world who have escaped because of their government, killings and corruption. The work is textile based using stitch, canvas and leather. The materials used are strong and resistant to weather conditions i.e. heavy leather used in this piece. Size: 30"Wx28"Hx12"D 2017
  • 6. Migration 2017

    Textiles -Mixed Media
    "Migration" View 2 shows the leather material and the canvas - two contrasting yet strong materials. The materials used are appropriate for travel especially in difficult weather conditions. The form is stitched on an Industrial Sewing Machine because of the heavy materials used. The materials allude to the rough weather conditions i.e. the sea etc.
  • 6. %22Migration%22 Side View .jpg

    Textiles-Mixed Media
    This view shows various positions that can be interpreted in different ways e.g. a person, a boat, the sea etc. It also shows the contrasts of the materials used which is durable and strong withstanding weather conditions to some extent.

Project 2. Textile Collection,Montgomery Historical Society, Rockville,MD

The Beall Dawson House belonged to the Dawson sisters who were slave owners. The House is now part of the Montgomery County Historical Society in Rockville. I researched their textile collection i.e objects , clothing etc. Presented here is some of the collections. The slaves also lived here at the time in the 1800s and later. Included in this Project is also an example of the History of Rockville in the 1800s.

  • Beall House -Textile Collection View 1.jpg

    Textiles -Mixed Media
    This 3dimensional piece shows some of the textile collection and objects at the Montgomery County Historical Soceity in Rockville, MD. The work is digitally and hand embroidered. The work can be viewed from many angles. Size: 48"Wx10"Hx0.5"D 2017
  • Beall House Textile Collection View 2.jpg

    Textiles Mixed Media
    Beall House Textile Collection now the Montgomery County Historical Society. The work is digitally photographed and embroidered on the computerised embroidery machine. Some of the work is also done on a domestic sewing machine using both translucent and heavy material. The images were digitally manipulated and then stitched to add dimension. Size: 48"Wx10"Hx0.5"D 2017
  • Beall House Textile Collection -detail.jpg

    Textiles Mixed Media
    A detail of the Black Doll at Beall House. The work is digitally photographed and digitally embroidered on the computerized sewing machine. Size 10"Hx6"W
  • Unchained-Yet not Free.jpg

    Textiles -Mixed Media
    This work was created from one of the Victorian Inner corsets of the garment at Beall House. At this house is also a room where the slaves lived. The work is digitally manipulated on the computer and further worked on with stitch and collage. The chains refer to the slaves who had to fight for their freedom.
  • Unchained-Yet not Free -detail.jpg

    Mixed Media -Textiles-Social Justice
    A detail -f Unchained -Yet Not Free. The image shows a detail of the chains and alludes to the imprisonment of slaves at this time in history.
  • Beall House -Curtain.jpg

    Textiles -Mixed Media
    The textiles in the Beall House collection. This is one of the curtains that are part of the collection at the Beall House.
  • Beall House Curtain -detail.jpg

    Textiles
    A detail of the Curtain. The work is translucent fabric stitched and the flowers are individually stitched to add form and color.
  • The Boot 2017.jpg

    Textiles
    One of the objects at Beall Dawson House, Rockville. The Book is on handmade felt and collaged with buttons. The Boot at the Beall House originally did have some buttons in this sample I have collaged antique buttons. Size 18"X22"Hx0.5"D .
  • "Unravelling" View 1

    Textiles
    This image shows the Confederate Soldier that is digitally photographed and the image further manipulated with stitch. The monument has since been removed from the grounds of the Montgomery County Offices, Rockville. Size: 58"Dx12"Hx1"D 2017
  • "Unravelling" View 2

    Textiles -Historical Research
    The 3dimensional work can be viewed from many angles. The images are digitally photographed and manipulated using stitch and digital computerized sewing machine. The work relates to Rockville, its history and some of the collection at the Montgomery Historical Society, Rockville. Size: 48"Wx10"Hx1"D 2017

Project 3. Social Justice.

Place is an important factor in my work and while in residency at VisArts this year I looked at Rockville in the 1800s and the African American
community that lived there at this time. The Project addresses social justice and its impact today. Included are also images of the story of slaves
in the city of London, UK.
The Sentinel, was the newspaper that was published in Montgomery County at this time. Included are ads from this paper and the descriptions that advertised the sale of slaves. The text is richly layered with stitch on handmade felt.

  • Anna.jpg

    This image was created in early 2017 and it describes the scene in London, UK. I visited the Dockland Museum, London and found this text which is appropriate to the slave trade in this country. The work is digitally executed on the embroidery machine on linen surface.
  • Anna -detail.jpg

    A detail of Anna - a slave girl found in London. The image is digitally created on the embroidery machine also using the domestic sewing machine.
  • Confedertate Banner.jpg

    The Banner of the Confederate Statue has been on the grounds of Montgomery County Offices for some time. It was boxed as the authorities did not know what to do with it. After several years the monument has been removed to White Ferry. The work is in collaboration with poet Stephen Pohl and is richly stitched on canvas, and digitally manipulated. Size: 6ftx2ft Mixed Media 2017
  • Ann Maria Weems Banner .jpg

    Textiles-Mixed Media
    The Banner shows Ann Maria Weems disguised as a man in order to escape her slave owners. The poem says it all. Text is richly stitched and collaged on the large banner. Mixed Media using stitch, chain and text. Size: 6ftx2ft 2017
  • Ann Maria Weems -detail .jpg

    Textiles-Mixed Media
    A detail of the Banner Ann Maria Weems. It also shows the the advertisement that I found on The Sentinel newspaper. This paper was circulated at Montgomery County, MD during the 1800s.
  • The Boxed Confederate 2017

    Textiles,Glass Collaborative Work.
    The Boxed Confederate was on the grounds of the Montgomery County Offices in Rockville, MD. The monument was there for a considerable period not knowing what to do with it. After a public uproar it has since been removed to another site in the State of MD. The work is in collaboration with glass artist, Nanette Bevan and is a combination of stitch, glass, text and digital photography. Mixed Media 2017 Size: 22"x18"x8"
  • The Boxed Confederate -detail

    Glass,Textiles
    A detail of the base of The Boxed Confederate showing text and stitch. The base is made of glass.
  • The Confedertate 2017.jpg

    Textiles with advertisement 1800s.
    The Confederate monument was on the grounds of the Montgomery County Offices and has since then been removed. The work is on handmade felt with text from The Sentinel newspaper which was published in Montgomery County in the 1800s. The ads show the sale of slaves. The text is stitched by hand and on handmade felt. Size" 48"Hx28"Wx0.5"D 2017
  • The Confedertate -detail 1.jpg

    Textiles with advertisement 1800s.
    The ad in this instance was found in The Sentinel Newspaper that was circulated in Montgomery County in the 1800s or thereabouts. The text is hand stitched on linen and handmade felt. Size: 10"Hx9"WX0.5"D 2017
  • Abandoned Buildings.jpg

    Prints with stitch
    The row after row of abandoned buildings are a sharp contrast to the leafy areas of some neighbourhoods in Baltimore City. Some of the dilapidated buildings are also habited by the poor. The image is printed 1/1 on water color paper using stitch, handmade paper. Size: 15"Wx12"Hx0.5"D 2016

PROJECT 4. COLLABORATION

The Unrest in Baltimore City in 2015 resulted in a series of works using poetry. The works address poverty, social justice in the country .

The text or verse by (Stephen Pohl) relate to these issues. Text is richly layered with stitch on handmade felt and handmade paper. A series of
Book Covers including a large screen are included in these series.

  • Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair Back View

    Textiles-Social Justice
    The large screen shows the back of the work Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair. The poem is by Stephen Pohl. A series of collaborative work have been created relating to social justice. The panels shows both the wealthy areas and the poor neighbourhoods of Baltimore. The work was digitally photographed and the images manipulated with stitch on handmade felt surface. Size: 108"Wx80"Hx3"D 2016
  • Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair Back View -detail 1

    Textiles-Mixed Media -Social Justice
    The image shows a wealthy part of the city of Baltimore set in the leafy parts of the city. The work is stitched to add dimension and is created on handmade felt. Size: 18"x15"
  • Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair Back Views -detail 2

    Mixed Media -Textiles-Social Justice
    This is another detail of the leafy and more wealthy area of Baltimore City. The work is executed on handmade felt and embroidered/stitch using the sewing machine as a pencil and mark making tool. Size: 15"Hx12"W. 2016
  • Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair Back View detail 3

    Social Justice Neighbourhoods
    Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair -detail. The image shows the poor neighbourhoods of Baltimore City with the boarded buildings in the background. The work is on handmade felt using stitchery and digital photography. Size: 10"Wx12"H 2016
  • Oases of Wealth-Deserts of Despair-Front View

    Social Justice Collaboration
    Front view of the large screen that has 6 sides (108"Wx80"Hx3"D) The text is by poet Stephen Pohl and address the disparities between the contrasting neighbourhoods of Baltimore City. The work is digitally photographed and manipulated with stitch on handmade felt. Size: 108"Wx80"Hx3"D 2016. Mixed Media
  • Silhouettes in Glass.jpg -Collaboration.jpg

    Mixed Media Collaboration
    A few series have been created with this image. Some 1/1 prints on various surfaces have been created. This collaboration (3) text by Stephen Pohl, glass artist,Nanette Bevan. The glass book is one of the many series created with text. The image relates to the National Guards who were in Baltimore to keep peace during the 2015 riots in the city. Size: 12"Hx24"Wx0.5"D 2017
  • Silhouettes in Glass -detail.jpg

    Collaborative Project
    A 3 way collaboration with glass artist, Nanette Bevan, text by poet, Stephen Pohl. A recent work which includes drawing and stitch. Here twine is used in conjunction with the glass. A detail of the Glass Book "Silhouettes in Glass".
  • "Silhouettes" Book Cover 2017

    Book Cover with text
    The work is a collaboration with poet Stephen Pohl and includes a 1/1 print, drawing, collage and stitch. It relates to the events of 2015 as a result of the death of Freddie Gray and the unrest in Baltimore City. Handmade Paper, 1/1 etched print, stitch, drawing and text. Size: 12"Hx24"Wx0.5"D 2017
  • Silhouettes Book Cover - View 2 2017

    Book Cover with text 2017
    The view of this Book Silhouettes 2017 shows the text that is hand stitched on linen and a 1/1 etched print using stitch and hand made paper. The poem is by Stephen Pohl. Size: 12"x24"Wx0.5"D 2017
  • Silhouettes-Book Cover .jpg 2015

    Book Covers with poetry
    The first series of the Book Cover "Silhouettes" on handmade felt using print, stitch. The work relates to the National Guards that were in Baltimore City during the riots of 2015. A series of works result from this book i.e. prints, 1/1 books etc. The Book Cover 2015 has also text by Stephen Pohl which is on the opposite site of this Book Cover and I have included it in previous samples of Silhouettes.

Project 5. Baltimore Uprising 2015

A series of works relating to the Uprising of 2015 in the city of Baltimore are included in this Project.

The selection include Book Covers, prints, on handmade felt, using stitch, digital photography . These series evolved from the collaboration with poet, Stephen Pohl and relate to the events that took place in the city during the riots of 2015. The word "Silhouettes" resulted in
several Book Covers using handmade felt, fabric, and stitch. A series of 1/1 etched prints have also been created (2016). I have included one of the prints . The most recent is a collaboration with glass artist, Nanette Bevan and poem by Stephen Pohl which is titled "Silhouettes in Glass" 2017.

  • "Silhouettes" Print on Phone Book 2016.jpeg

    Print,Mixed Media
    "Silhouettes" evolved from the initial Book Cover "Silhouettes" . A few prints have been created from these series. The image shows the National Guards keeping vigil over Baltimore City during the riots in 2015. The print is on phone book using digital image and stitch. Dimensions: 18"hX15"w
  • Silhouettes Print on handmade felt using stitch 2016

    Textiles -Mixed Media and Print
    A variety of prints from the word "Silhouettes" have been created in late 2016. The work is printed on handmade felt, stitched and collaged. This work evolved from the poem by Stephen Pohl. The initial Book Cover relates to the National Guards who were asked to be in the city during the Baltimore Unrest of 2015. Dimensions: 11"hx12"w
  • America's Pastime 2015.jpg

    Fans Locked Out 2015
    During the riots in Baltimore City the Orioles Match was cancelled. Here the image shows the fans locked out, and caused the city a lot of money as a result of the closure of the stadium at Camden Yards. The work is on handmade felt using stitch and text by poet,Stephen Pohl. Size: 24"Wx21"Hx2"D 2016
  • Posturing 1.jpg

    Textiles with Poetry -Collaboration
    During the unrest the National Guards were keeping watch over the city. This image has also been used to create a series of handmade books and prints. The work was selected in a National Exhibition in Colorado entitled Art Survey 2015. A collaborative work with poet, Stephen Pohl in which text is used with stitch and collage. Size: 28"Hx21"Wx3"D 2015
  • Fat Lady Blues Book.jpg

    Just Saying 2015
    The lady is observing the scene outside where the riots were taking place. The poem by Stephen Pohl is hand stitched on handmade felt, this piece also includes handmade paper, digital photography and stitch. The handmade book was created after the riots of 2015. The work was given the Juror's Award at an exhibition in San Diego,California in 2015. Dimensions: 20"hx21"wx9"d
  • Community-Book 2016.jpg

    Community Art
    The community came together after the riots and helped to clean the streets in the city of Baltimore. The book cover shows some of the people who participated. The work is on handmade paper using text and stitch. Size: 12"Hx24"Wx0.5"D 2016
  • Community Book 2016.jpg

    Book Covers with Poetry
    The Community in the city of Baltimore came together during the riots and helped to clean and tidy up the streets. The image shows some of the community helping out. The work is digitally photographed and mounted on antique fabric. The text is by poet Stephen Pohl. Size: 15"HX24"Wx0.5"D 2016
  • The Empty Stadium 2015.jpg

    Textiles-Mixed Media -Social Justice
    During the uprising in Baltimore City the Orioles match was cancelled and as a result the fans were locked out. This image shows it all! The work is stitched on handmade felt and digitally photographed. Size: 20"Hx20"Xx2"D 2016
  • Baltimore Riots 2015.jpg

    Textiles-Mixed Media
    The work illustrates the demonstrations during the riots of 2015 and landmark of the Ravens Football Club. The work is on handmade felt using digital photography, and stitch.
  • 'SILHOUETTES%22 2016.jpg

    Prints
    This 1/1 print is deliberately faint and ghostlike. As mentioned, a series of works were created from the unrest in Baltimore City in 2015. This 1/1 print shows the National Guards in the city at the time. The work is printed on heavy water based paper from an etched plate. The image was digitally photographed and manipulated. Size: 15"Hx12"Wx0.5"D 2016

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