Maia Cruz Palileo
The imagery in my work is rooted in the American Midwest, where I was born and raised. In 1999, my mother suddenly died, completely severing my connection to home, both geographically and psychologically. My naïve sense of wholeness and security was changed forever and I’ve been making work about it ever since. Currently, I am working on small black and white ink drawings on paper. I started to draw because I felt that I was relying too heavily on photographs to inform my memory. Without using pictures as reference, these drawings rely solely on memory and imagination, focusing on real and imagined intimate moments shared with my mother and best friend, who both died the same year.
Through installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing, Maia Cruz Palileo consciously revisits personal history to isolate fear, uncertainty, love and loss. Her work has been featured in Contemporary Art Philippines. She has received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award, and is currently participating in the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace Program. Born in Chicago, Maia is a first generation Filipino-American. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College and a MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College.