Beneath the surface

Maria Macc

Year:

2017

Media:

Mixed, pigment, glass paint, aluminium powder, with synthetic blood and resin

Size (cm):

62 x 44 x 5

London 2018

Other works

Installation view / visuals of MA Degree show work

Maria Macc

Year:

2017

Media:

Mixed - covering 2 walls in lit area and an additional space in darker zone, dimensions of walls in montage photo

Size (cm):

186 x 240 x 10

London 2018

Woman

Maria Macc

Year:

2017

Media:

Mixed

Size (cm):

86 x 40 x 26

London 2018

Biography

I have just qualified with an MA in Art and Science from UAL, Central Saint Martins, achieving a Distinction.
I am the 2017 Winner of the Cass Art Award and was nominated for the MullenLowe Nova Creativity Awards and selected for the HIX Award. Previously I studied at the City of Guilds of London Art School and was a winner of the Clyde and Co. Art Awards, 2015.

Artist statement

As an artist and psychologist, my personal interest lies in the relationship that we have with the human body. My work isn’t morose but celebrates and delves into the body to express its hidden qualities. During my previous Fine Art Degree, I developed studies on dysmorphia, body imaging, limb replacement and sexual transitioning. I have just gained my MA in Art and Science researching the historical role of dissection and medicine’s advancement in interventional surgery which was stimulated by studying the pathology specimens at the Gordon Museum, working alongside Kings College Anatomy Society (KCAS) drawing from cadavers and studying taxidermy. By drawing on the influences of Marc Quinn, Kiefer and Beuys my recent show works ‘Beyond the Fabrica’ borrowed the tropes of science to consider ‘The physical possibilities of being’ through bio-materials; bio-functionality and bio-compatibility. A visitor to my show described me as the Heston Blumenthal of art! I am highly process driven so create works often combining diverse materials and techniques. I have worked alongside a trainee surgeon to develop juxtaposed views of the body contrasting the clinical, precise recording by anatomical illustration to the visceral depiction of my experiences expressed through organic and synthetic materials. The delicate balance of life and death, and our relationship with the body is further considered in my sculptural and video montage works.
My previous works were contained to convey an ordered manner as in depicting a pathology lab. This project will enable me to advance my award-winning studies into being an immersive body experience. I have a sponsorship through Cass Art so will build on their resources to create the works. I would aim to approach the room experience as an overall installation with defined exploration zones. This would involve the clean anatomical drawings of my medic collaborator Dr. Billy Leung, my 2/3D backdrops and sculptural pieces to the more sci-fi cyborg approach by an emerging artist called Doz. Think ‘Steampunk meets Star Wars!’ An eclectic but stimulating tri-artist collaboration and a sympathetic look at the body fusing different styles in a dialogue across media. The importance of outline, light, metal and a hapic experience connects our works.
Areas of the room would be bathed in a projection of the inner hidden cell and structures of the body with a heartbeat sound track. We would harness the use of furniture to drape, position body elements, the bed could become a vitrine piece. The visitor will be challenged to engage with elements through textures of silicone, latex, metal and wood. Parts of the body, some obvious, some subliminal, would be discovered by sight and feel. This work will aim to challenge the relationship we have with life and death, the beauty and fragility of our existence and the allure and morbid curiosity we still have in understanding how our body functions, now beyond flesh and bone.