Darrow's Artist in Residence Program offers selected artists the opportunity, time and space to further develop their artwork within a supportive community. The annual residency, which begins mid-August and runs until mid-June provides the guest artist with a studio space, teaching and exhibition opportunities. The Artist in Residence also has the opportunity to engage with our students through teaching and possibly serving as an advisor, coach or mentor.
Maggie Mailer (2017-2018) is a painter living and working in New York State. Her paintings describe landscapes which shift between abstract and narrative modes. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, A.R.T. Grant. Her work has been featured in Art New England, with cover stories in The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times.
In 2002 Mailer founded the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, MA, an ephemeral artist residency which served to establish transparent boundaries between the artist at work and the public sphere. The project is credited with jumpstarting the revival of the city of Pittsfield, and has been used as a model for the regeneration of other cities across the country.
The work Mailer began during this period focuses on themes of transparency and synchronicity. The series, Timeline for a Transparent World, traces intersecting bodies of work begun in a storefront studio, where art-making functions as a continual public performance. As the timeline evolves, the works rely increasingly on transparent media, suggesting a permeable, dissolving boundary between inside and outside, between ideas, and parts of the self. The works include drawings on sheet-rock, canvas, sandpaper, and vellum; and paintings and fountains made of glycerin soap..
Mailer studied Architecture and Fine Arts and received a BA in English Literature from Columbia University.
Visit Maggie Mailer's website and Instagram to learn more.
|Fukushima, Mon Amour, 2016
Oil on canvas, 60" x 48"
Oil on canvas, 30" x 20"