"As an artist and psychologist, my personal interest lies in the relationship that we have with the human body. My work isn’t morose but celebrates and delves into the body to express its hidden qualities." Maria Macc, Artrooms, 2018
"The details of the organic made abstract are a vast component of Maria Macc’ artistic process, uncovering our relationship with the body by chartering its insides through an aesthetic lens. Using science as the basis of her practice as an artist and psychologist, her recent research on historical dissection and interventional surgery through her recently awarded Art and Science MA at Central Saint Martins’ and based on her study of pathology specimens in collaboration with Kings College Anatomy Society, including drawing cadavers and studying taxidermy, could read as dispiriting at first sight. However, this exploration is anything but, taking at heart (literally and figuratively) the notions of transformation, decay and regeneration to celebrate the inner dynamics of the body, sparking our morbid curiosity to encourage us to adopt a new perspective on our bodies and ourselves. The room effectively becomes a fragmented site to inner workings, through an installation using a combination of materials bringing up different medical and personal recollections and associations. Medical documents and sketches, born of her collaborations with medical professionals, remain scattered across the desk, providing a record and framework for Maria’s bodily reimagining. Latex and steel provide a framework for projections and wood panels on which organic and visceral textures are layered and laid bare, displayed dramatically but carefully like a crossing between a stage set and a pathology lab. The senses lead towards fragmented ideas of the body embedded throughout the room, through looking and feeling, experiencing a discomfort replaced by curiosity and a desire to become immersed in the biology we all share."
Extract from Claire Mead's essay on Artrooms, 2018. For full article: https://art-rooms.org/claire-mead-intimate-displacements/
Interviews & articles:
UAL CSM Degree Show one interview: Investigating what it means to be human in the 21st century, 'Beyond the Fabrica' combines organic and industrial material to explore the physical possibilities of being.
MullenLowe Nova Awards 2017 nominee From the medical traditions of dissection and anatomical modelling to a contemporary art practice considering life, death and the body.
CSM CERN visit: http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/csm/2017/01/16/ma-art-and-science-explore-cern/
Graduate Show: Check out the Wall Street International's coverage of Will's Art Warehouse Graduate Show, 2015