Maria Spector

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Line Up in 2s with shadow IV, 2009. 4"x6", Graphite/gouache on paper
Line Up in 2s with shadow III, 2009. 4"x6", Graphite/gouache on paper
Line Up in 2s with shadow V, 2009. 4"x6", Graphite/gouache on paper
Shirley Temple with Sonja (age 8), 2010, 4"x6", Gouache and photo print on paper
Elizabeth Taylor with Sonja (age 8), 2010, 4"x6", Gouache and photo print on paper
Maria
Spector
Artist's Statement

My paintings depict young girls who barely touch each other, and a juxtaposition of color with black and white. The grey girl draws the viewer’s attention because she seems out of place. I depict adolescent and young girls because I believe it is at this time in life that we are seeking and experimenting most with identity. Do we ever grow beyond our adolescent selves or do we spend our lives looking to find the place that we fit in and an identity that, we hope, will bring us our happiness and acceptance? Our identity does not come solely from inside but is represented in how others see us.  These paintings explore our search for our personal and societal identities. Is our suppression of individual identity in favor of our public identity necessary for acceptance and success?

 

 

Bio/Resume

With a BA in art and psychology from Binghamton University, a Masters in counseling from Harvard, and an MFA in painting from Queens college, I attempt to delve deep into the psychological  meaning of my work. I received Individual Artist Support Grants from the DCA, Queens Council on the Arts in 2001 and 2003. In 2000, I received an Individual Artist Support Grant from NYACA, QCA. In New York, I have shown at PS 122, NURTUREart Gallery, The Binghamton University Museum, Opalka galleries at Sage College. In 2007, I was part of Project Diversity. Recently, my work was featured in the Money Magazine article “The Art of the Internet: How to Surf your Way to an Enviable Art Collection.”
http://www.mariaspector.com