AT THE CRAIG GALLERY
February 7 – March 3rd
Opening February 7, 5-7pm
Artist Talk Saturday, February 9, 2pm, Snow Date February 16th
We are absolutely thrilled to present a full and robust series of new work by Maria Doering. Maria is a local artist, originally hailing from Germany, who is intensely prolific to which you will bear witness throughout February in The Craig. Please join us to welcome her at our reception for Maria starting at 5pm on February 7th. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments are served.
Opening reception on Thursday, February 7th, 2019, 5-7pm at The Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth
Artist Talk on Saturday, February 9th at 2pm
I hope to see you all there!
Cellular Expressions – Maria Doering
February 7 – March 3rd
Opening February 7, 5-7pm, All welcome
Artist Talk Saturday, February 9, 2pm
Cellular Expressions Artist Statement
“Cellular Expressions” is an on-going exploration into the idea of the imaginative creative cell. I am trying to bridge the disconnect between the proven science of our bodies at microscopic levels and what we know of ourselves: mind, soul, emotions, being, self, culture, identity etc. How could that intangibility be expressed and shown in the microcosm that is our body? How could you possibly see your “self” on a microscope’s slide?
These ideas have developed and carried through my work for more than 10 years. About seven years ago I felt so entrenched in all the complex projects I was working on that there was a desperate desire to return to the basics of black ink on paper.
Returning to my first love, drawing, I began exploring with the most basic of tools. A dot and a line. This became a steady, constant drawing practice that has run parallel to four expansive bodies of work that I have created since 2008. These 160+ ink drawings have moved from black pen, to black and red, then eventually other colours were added with ink or watercolour, and finally 7 years later I am exploring the most vibrant inks and colour combinations of my career.
Returning to the basics of drawing has allowed me to take the building blocks, the cell, and imagining all of its possibilities, the drawings expand and contract, simplify and again become complicated layered exercises in pushing my own thought boundaries. What could this “creative cell” become? I like to think of this ever-evolving body of work as our internal microcosm, your internal world, microscopic, emotional, imaginative and full of hope. After years of experimenting with “the cell” I am most recently interested in exploring what the atmosphere and environment would be like in this internal world. The drawings have morphed from stylized clinical exploration to lively and breathing expressions on paper. I can’t wait to see where it leads next. “ – Maria Doering, Feb 2019
Maria Doering is a German multidisciplinary artist and printmaker, living and working in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia since 2012. She left Germany with her family at the age of 15, arriving in New Jersey. She received a BFA summa cum laude from the Hartford Art School in 2007, majoring in Printmaking with a minor in Art History, then completed an MFA at Concordia University in 2010.
Maria currently works from her studio in downtown Dartmouth. Her art practice moves fluidly between drawing, printmaking, installation art, painting and embroidery.
Her show Cellular Expressions will remain at The Craig Gallery until Sunday, March 3rd.
Blue Mondays Life Drawing is March 4th, 6-8pm
Please note, there is no Life Drawing tonight, Monday, February 4th, at The Craig Gallery
Recent Article Featuring The Craig Gallery
Many thanks to Ray Cronin (former Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) and Halifax Magazine for featuring The Craig Gallery in an interesting article about the existing Art Communities in Halifax. Follow the link below to read.