see my work as abstract interpretations of subject matter that
is usually quite specific. In a broad sense, I am interested in
the connection between things which are opposed, what they have
in common, and what kind of visual statement they make when combined.
For me, all art that is meaningful deals in multifarious ways
with the reconciliation of opposites.
Since I began drawing and painting at a very early age, my
work has evolved from figurative to various types of abstraction.
Although I am primarily a painter, I occasionally work with
oil sticks on paper, applying them heavily so that they appear
much like paint. On a physical level, the use of color and its
role in expression and communication is of paramount importance
in what I do. I have a strong interest in surface as well, and
I prefer to work on large canvasses, scraping, scratching, over-layering
and glazing. At times it is this physicality itself that triggers
the work, but more often it is my response to something I have
seen or read, music I enjoy, current events in the news or travel
Some of my paintings and drawings incorporate mark-making,
mostly obscured or unreadable text, and/or an element of architectural
shape. Simultaneously, I continue to have a fascination with
nearly empty, contemplative canvasses (a type of landscape referential
minimalism) where color and texture are key. Presently my interest
is divided between these two types of work and my challenge
is to resolve this dichotomy."-Maggi Brown