Maria Louise High


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Much of my work is inspired by my physical surroundings and personal stories. It highlights the value of small things in the natural world and placing that value at the intersection of a specific time and place to create an authentic token of memory.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Electroforming is the main process I use in my work, encapsulating elements and found objects within the shell of copper to create a tiny time capsule of sorts. Vitreous enamel is another favorite medium and is sometimes used in conjunction with electroforming.

    A: The choice of specific elements used in my work reference the working class history of my family. Copper, steel, wood and stone mark over a century of their occupations as carpenters, metalworkers and factory workers. Many of the found objects worked into these pieces could form a mapwork of my family's movements. The body of work pulls its colors from the daily lives of working class people: denim, cotton, asphalt and metal as the foundation palette woven with recreational dream colors.

    A: Yes, there really are flies and cicadas encapsulated in the copper.

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