Artist Maura Williams

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The Artist Says:

Drawing is more about seeing than about making marks.
The first mark on a clean sheet of paper feels like jumping out of a plane. There’s no turning back now . . . .  
There needs to be some element in each new work that challenges and energizes me because I’m not sure that I can land it.


Artist Statement:
I want to highlight the extraordinary in the ordinary. Most of us navigate aspects of the natural world every time we leave home. How often, though, do we really notice nature’s specific expressions, which change continually?  My work zeros in on moments, examining an intimately defined field of vision in order to draw attention to the intricacy, diversity, brilliance and creative genius displayed in nature. 
As a child, Maura was that kid with the hand-painted bike, the one that teachers asked to decorate the bulletin boards, that girl who always made her (sometimes very odd) Halloween costumes. People thought of her as artsy, even then. Nothing changed much in high school where art was her favorite class, and in college where she never considered seeking a degree other than a BFA. Nature and nurture were probably both to blame; her mother was an art professor at a women’s liberal arts college in Chicago.
It wasn’t until early adulthood that Maura paid much attention to what lay outside her urban environment. She  started to learn how woods and lakes and rocks would help her feel more at home in her life and in the world. She moved to Wisconsin and then to Minnesota. Raising a family grounded her as well, and a range of jobs and interests engaged, challenged, and expanded her capabilities. She continued making art through it all.
Over the years Maura explored artistic expression using a variety of media and subject matter. Large scale charcoal figures engrossed for a while, as did public art projects promoting graffiti artists, also installations, mural design, collage, and mixed media. She has shown her work in group or solo exhibits, in regional juried shows, through gallery representation, in restaurants and nightclubs, and in university or church exhibit programs. Her work is represented in private, corporate, [...]

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