Maxine’s work explores the narrative we have with natural world. Our relationship has been one of agriculture, urbanisation, economics, culture and tradition. She uses her work to evoke story-telling and memories. Symbolism is fundamental to her work.
Following the seasons through drawing provides an opportunity to reflect on change and on the passage of time. Her sculpted Mini-worlds are a playful moment of joy held in miniature.
The Mini-worlds are made using kibiso, silk, paper, wire, linen, wax, horsehair and pearls. They are based in Temari, a Japanese embroidery technique, resulting not in a formal pattern but a surface rendered with thread. They hint at museum collections and micro-nature pinning down the subject ready for study.
Using sculpture, installations, stop-motion animation and drawing she invites us to pause, think and re-examine our relationship with the natural world.
'Working out in the countryside, I draw the changes in nature throughout the year. I am researching the role of field margins and waste land, studying the flora within and around these ruderal spaces and their impact on biodiversity'.
More About Me...
I studied at Loughborough University gaining a first class BA Hons in fine art textiles. I have lectured in drawing at Edinburgh, Winchester and Birmingham Universities. For many years I managed a mental health service for children and adolescents using arts based activities to engage vulnerable young people.
Award winner for ‘Field Margin Studies’ at Leicester City Gallery 2017 and ‘Peoples Choice Award’ at the Peterborough City Gallery for Flock Circle an installation of 200 paper sparrows. Work has featured in publications including: LandScape Magazine, Elle Decoration, Selvedge and Ghosts of Gone Birds. A Flair member of Design Nation, UK.
Selected Recent Achievements
- AA2A- artist in residence at De Montfort University- 2017 – Engage member of AA2A
- 2017 to present Artist in Residence Heltwate – special needs school Peterborough
- 2016- ongoing co-created Kombisketchtour– drawing and sketching in nature, promoting observational drawing. Working with Wildlife trusts and artsNK with drawing workshops. www.kombisketchtour.com
- Award Winner: People’s Choice Award at Peterborough City Gallery for ‘Flock Circle’ an installation of 200 hand made paper sparrows as part of the Open exhibition.
- Prize winner for 'Field Margin studies' at Leicester City Gallery
- I created the smallest cinema at the Melbourne Arts Festival, Derbyshire. On show was my short stop-motion animation “Storm In A Teacup” – this 3 minute film attracted over 700 visitors. Seating for the tiny cinema was a mere 7 with standing room allowing for maximum capacity of 12.
- Galerie Handwerk in Munich an international showcase of makers.
- Promoter and Coordinator of SHIFT, a group of East Midlands artists: Yarrow Gallery, Oundle. Recent show DRAW 2017 - Yarrow Gallery, Oundle.
- Creating an installation for the ONCA gallery in Brighton which was then featured in Ghost of Gone Birds publication. I am part of an international group of artists who are concerned with conservation, ecology and the impact on nature, particularly the plight of birds. www.ghostofgonebirds.com
- Flock selected by Liberty for ‘Liberty Selects’ window displays for ORIGIN- International Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, Spitalfields
- ‘Peg Tango’ a stop motion film featured at the Zero Budget Film Festival in Sheffield. This short animation using peg dolls tells the story of a desire to become a synchronized swimmer.
Co-founder of Kombisketchtour - A mobile art studio promoting observational drawing through practise. Working out in the countryside, making regular pit stops, I draw and record the changes in nature.