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“Cabinet of Curiosities” a Solo Show

October 2, 2020
Virtual Zoom Party 7pm EST Meet the artist in the studio

Virtual Preview: Monday September 28th Time: 11am Central Time

‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ a Solo Show
It was a 3am dream that woke me into the studio to begin creating “Totum Fauna.” The dream continues and now many years and many sculptures later these pieces still appear to be in an uncertain stage of metamorphosis always expressing different interpretations of natural life. Sometimes it is in the simplicity of added physical elements such as tiny sea creature homes, twisted driftwood or lake washed roots, and other times the sculptures mimic the guiding forces behind the natural world.

Cabinets of Curiosities or Cabinets of Wonder have historically been collections of notable objects including; natural history, geology, archeology or religious relics. Since Totum Fauna are an exploration between us and the natural world, collections of unique natural elements are a constant source of inspiration for me. I seek to preserve the things we sometimes overlook and use them to inform the art I create each day. The pieces in “Cabinet of Curiosities” are deeper explorations of this.

Maria has been painting, drawing and sculpting as long as she can remember. She primarily loves creating work that is nature-based and quirky. Classically trained in illustration, she has been hired by both national and international companies for her work as an illustrator along with writing and illustrating her own award winning storybooks. Most recently Maria has enjoyed focusing on mixed-media sculptures she calls Totum Fauna. Her love of nature bleeds into all aspects of her life. It is especially apparent in her art.