South Carolina, USA
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GET TO KNOW MAGGIE MACDONALD
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT VIEWERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR WORK?
A: My large-scale abstract works concern themselves with many things. The work I create is about hope and aesthetic beauty. It’s about processing the current realities of life and transforming emotion into powerful imagery. My art is about celebrating literature and pushing my poetic pursuits. It’s about choosing to create beauty in a world that is often filled with darkness; furthermore combating the sorrows of the day to day and pushing myself to create new from the old. In many ways what I create offers a comfort, a pause, for me as a human desperate to contribute something of value to an ever changing landscape. The inclusion of text in my work, both legible and illegible, serves to deepen the connection, not only between myself and the work, but also each piece and the viewer.
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO INCORPORATE POETRY INTO YOUR WORK?
A: I have been moved by words for as long as I can remember, arranging language has always been a meaningful pastime for me. For most of my life, however, I kept these musings to myself, my poetry has always been something just for me. It’s been a creative outlet during my travels, and my safe space when I need a break from the visual creation that consumes the majority of my time. I only began showing poems alongside my paintings recently. It was a big step for me, but has opened the door to meaningful conversation, deeper insight into my works and also another layer of shared dialog between my pieces and their viewers. Inspiration to incorporate and show these poems came mostly from my desire to grow and stretch myself, as well as to continue being vulnerable with my audience.
Q: DO YOU USE EXISTING POETRY OR CREATE YOUR OWN?
A: The poems I share alongside my paintings are all original pieces. These little bits of literary expression are inspired by life, love, change, loss, and the human experience as a whole.