The last couple of years I've concurrently worked on a series of paintings that are an exploration of a narrative idea of home and communication by the means of placing houses and telephone poles within a seemingly hyper chaotic yet highly systematic landscape. I like to use the house as a symbol in my paintings because their simplicity obscures the complex and uniquely personal relationship that each viewer has to an idea of ‘home’. The telephone poles are a universal and quickly fading icon of communication that symbolize emotional connection, formality, privacy, and disconnection. Following this theme of communication and home, my digital art project takes each US state motto and translates it into that state's top five languages and then back to English, this is accompanied by a satellite layered snapshot of the Google Earth view of that state.
Margaret Withers is a visual artist who lives and works in New York city. Her paintings are fragments of stories found in an imaginary landscape that captures in the abstract the conflicting ideas of joy and melancholy, as well as community and aloneness in regards to the concept of home and communication. Including undertones of play and humor in her work is her way of engaging the viewer, extending an invitation to spend some time in this space and figure out the story, or to pretend a new one.
Her web based transliteration project is based on cultural shifts in the 50 United States. Originally from Texas, Withers has exhibited her work throughout the country and internationally in Brussels, Australia, Berlin, China, Vienna and Russia. Her artwork is included in multiple private and corporate collections and has won numerous awards including a 2013/2015 resident fellowship to the VSC, a fellowship to the Millay Colony.