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Maggie Venn

1144 South Main Street
Racine, WI 53403, U.S.A.
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Phone: (262) 635-3970

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The series entitled Environment Series, entail the accumulation, layering, piling and transformation of the very mundane and humble material, shredded cardboard debris. With the use of this material, I wish to call attention to what we as a society value and do not value. The material once used as packaging and then discarded, provides an opportunity to present the material in an altered, meaningful and beautiful form. The material, itself, amplifies this message of what we do not value. The images in the Environment Series, three-dimensional abstract constructions that evoke the character of weather forms, have a personal connection to the expression of the immense power that is nature. This series is about working in harmony with nature and with my own natural pattern of energy and sense of balance.

I have been a painter for over 20 years. However, the last eight years I have been using found material which is very abundant where I live in the midwest.  For me, art begins when I find an undesirable, throwaway object and see its beauty  and its possibilities. It is this moment that is inspiration. The rest is hard work.