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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2003

Retrospective, Burning Butterfly Gallery, Union City, New Jersey.

2001

Las Momias de Guanajuato, Galeria de Arte Moderno, Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007

Physical Presence, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ.

Dimensions 2007, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC.

The Practice of Abstract Painting, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ.

2006

49th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY; selected by juror Louis Grachos (Director, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY)

2005

NYC Citywide Open Studios, Emerging Artists International, New York, NY.

Square Foot Show, Art Gotham, New York, NY.

PooL Art Fair, New York, NY. Awarded exhibition space by Emerging Artists International.

Housatonic Museum of Art Annual Open Juried Show, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT; 'tile 24 (pharmacology)' selected by juror Judy Kim (Curator of Exhibitions, American Federation of the Arts). Awarded honorable mention.

20" X 20" X 20" National Compact Competition, Louisiana State University Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA; 'tile 14 (orange background)' selected by juror Stephanie Hanor (Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego).

2004

7th Annual All Media Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC; 'tile 4 (orange)' selected by juror Britta Konau (Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts). Awarded honorable mention.

13th Annual National Exhibition, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD; 'tile 9 (orange/blue)' selected by juror Ivan Karp (OK Harris Gallery, NY, NY). Awarded honorable mention by judge Ethan Karp; "(tile 9 is) mysterious, odd and disconcerting... and that is a good thing."

ArtShow Amherst, Amherst, MA.

Greeley Square Gallery International Art Showcase, Greeley Square Art Gallery, New York, NY.

Lakeside-Statewide Juried Art Exhibition, Art Association of Oswego, Inc., Oswego, NY.

2003

Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art's 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY; 'tile 4 (orange)' selected by juror Anne Umland (Curator, Department of Painting & Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY).

YDS Winter Wonder, curated by Concept Management Group at Eickholt Gallery, New York, NY.

2002

Open Juried Art Annual, Helme House (SCAA), Kingstown, RI; 'tile 2 (red)' selected juror Stephen Saunders (Coordinator of the Young Artist Program, Rhode Island School of Design).

 

EDUCATION:

1995

Bachelor of Arts, Simon's Rock College, The Berkshires, Massachusetts.


ABBREVIATED BIOGRAPHY

MG was born February 3, 1975. After completing the tenth grade  of high school, she left to attend college. In 1995, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Simon's Rock College of Bard, in Massachusetts. M is a self-taught painter, who first touched brush to canvas in 1998. In 1999, she left the United States and moved to the Pacific coast of Mexico in order to paint full time. MG relocated to Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2002 to advance her career. In 2010, M left the USA again to move to Thailand. Today M lives in Songkhla, a small sea-side city in the South of Thailand. She is currently seeking representation in Bangkok.

 

INFINITY SERIES ARTIST STATEMENT

The infinity symbol refers to something without any limit.   I use this icon in an effort to explore the juxtaposition of the seemingly endless number of possibilities within our own minds and the confines of everyday life.   I enjoy the correspondence of this idea to the medium I work in.  Traditional oil painting is bound by two dimensionality.  And yet by accepting this restriction, it feels as if anything and everything is possible within that space.   I read the teachings of Buddha in college in an effort to resolve the disparity between my internal life and my external circumstances.   I was especially drawn to the concept of eliminating greed and craving and living fully in the present.  I struggle to adopt this way of being.  The paintings are a physical representation of my desire to live in the moment; to acknowledge my want to prolong positive feelings and shorten negative feelings, but not be ruled by it.  I stretch, morph, twist and bend the infinity sign to represent my relationships, emotions, dreams and thoughts.  The unpainted canvas in some pieces leaves space for the manner in which we affect our environment; changing ourselves, our relationships and our culture by our actions.  Thailand is the first Buddhist country I’ve had the pleasure of residing in.  I believe being in this environment has merged years of intellectual thought with artistic creation culminating in the Infinity Series. 

 

TILE SERIES ARTIST STATEMENT

The tile series is populated by subjects whose anatomy is determined by their emotional state. These 'characters' or 'beings' are abstract organic forms, but project a sense of human physical traits. The polymorphic shapes are universally accessible, lacking specific references to gender, race, ethnicity or religion. I respect the importance of individual heritage and belief systems, yet want to create a means by which people feel interconnected; a complex Rorschach image where all viewers can discover themselves or someone known to them.

The tile series is named for the floor tiles in my former studio in Barra de Navidad, Mexico. The 10 inch square gray monochromatic tiles provided the starting point for a unique visual language. In the first seven oil paintings of the series, I reproduce actual tiles; enlarging the size, heightening the contrast and inserting blocks, specks and/or lines of solid color. These biomorphic forms examine the boundaries and characteristics of foreground and background, of self and other. In tiles 8 and beyond, I abandon the depiction of specific tiles. These paintings are representations of self, family, friends and acquaintances or a being as an embodiment of an emotion. My characters morph in their physical manifestation, while still retaining an essence of self I identify as distinctly individual and unique. Portraying people in many corporeal forms explores the idea of the subject(s)'s character and projection of self. Lacking common human body language these ambiguous forms mimic personality; the subject is seen differently by different viewers.

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

"Inside the Artist's Studio," THE NEW YORK POST, 2 page spread with full page photo on the cover of the Pulse section of M in her New York City studio, October, 2005.

Greg Morell, "Experiment Transforms Downtown Amherst," THE RECORDER, June 3, 2004, p.12.

Galería de Arte Moderno de Guadalajara Momias al oleo (Modern Art Gallery of Guadalajara Mummies in Oil), EL INFORMADOR, June 25, 2001, p. 7D

González, Francisco, MG Retratista de las Momias de Guanajuato (MG portraitist of the Mummies of Guanajuato) La Vida Detras de las Momias (The life behind the Mummies), PUBLICO, June 20, 2001, pp. 1AG, 8AG

Aldrette, María Isabel Sánchez, Las Momias de Guanajuato Llegaron a Guadalajara (The Mummies of Guanajuato arrived in Guadalajara), EL OCCIDENTAL, June 15, 2001, p. D1

Chaussee, Jeane, US Artist to Launch Career June 8, THE GUADALAJARA REPORTER, June 2-8, 2001, p. 25.

Winter 2000: Editor's Choice Award from Art Crowd Magazine; "In the opinion of the editors of Art Crowd Magazine, [MG is] among the best working today."

 

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