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Maeve D'Arcy

About Maeve D'Arcy
Maeve's mark-making practice began well before she completed her Masters Degree at Central St Martins in London. Throughout her youth, Maeve felt compelled to use repetitive forms to fill spaces which as of late are an exploration of dualities; chaos and order, movement and stillness, and real and imagined spaces, places, and time. Her works become a personal map of time and space and manipulation or exaggeration of time. The drawings and paintings resemble micro and macro perspectives, like a close-up of human skin cells under a microscope, or an aerial view of the sea.

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In conversation with Maeve D'Arcy

Erin: What are you curious about?

Maeve: I'm curious about color, repetition, space, time, shapes, interruptions, grids, texture...

Erin: Describe your art and describe your process.

Maeve: I explore and document repetition in my paintings and drawings.  The mark making becomes a way to document time and represent moments, memories, and day to day hours and minutes.  It makes sense to me to fill in a blank canvas or piece of paper with lots of tiny dots and lines.

Erin: How did mark making become your medium of choice?

Maeve: Repetition through mark making has been part of my sensibilities in making art since I was a child.  As an undergrad at Bard and then Hunter College I began to explore repetition in a more focused way in painting drawing and sculpture.

Erin: Tell us about your timed drawings and why you no longer do them.

Maeve: While attending graduate school in London at Central Saint Martins I began to document the literal time it took to create my paintings and drawings.  I would clock in and out, and the title of the finished piece would reflect the exact time it took to make, for example 34 hours and 17 minutes.  I explored the process based aspect of my work by allowing the viewer to know the role time played in the piece.  There was also a performative aspect to the work, and I completed a number of site specific paintings in my studio and a gallery space to allow the viewer to become an audience and experience the making of the work, as well as see the repetition in progress.  I'm not currently documenting how long it takes me to make a specific painting or drawing, but it may be something I return to in the future.

Erin: You did a residency in Vermont. How has this experience affected or influenced your work?

Maeve: I've attended three residencies: Vermont Studio Center, CAC Woodside in Troy NY, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  All three gave me the opportunity to explore new directions in my work and meet amazing artists.  I've kept in touch with a number of artists, including Alexa Williams and Crystal Gregory who I met in Vermont in 2010.  We have had shows together and continue to support each other through studio visits.  

Erin: How has returning to Brooklyn changed your perspective?

Maeve: As a native New Yorker it feels very special to live and work in Queens and Brooklyn.  I had an incredible experience living in London for graduate school, and I met some of my closest friends there, but I'll always be a New Yorker!