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Artwork in The Point

Nora Caplan-Bricker's essay 'Leaving Herland' was recently published in the latest issue of life and culture magazine, The Point, accompanied by images of Maria's collages.

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Caplan-Bricker's essay describes the feminist utopia of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1915 novel Herland as "a world without men [in] a valley cupped by high mountains, accessible by only a single narrow path." What could be a better illustration of this fantastical realm than Maria's otherworldly artworks, basking in the glory of powerful femininity, and crafting dreamy, vertiginous landscapes from fragments of the natural world?

'Isabella' in  The Point

'Isabella' in The Point

Re-contextualising the novella in today's #MeToo climate, Caplan-Bricker's essay stages a brilliant interrogation of gender essentialism, exploring the meaning of utopia for women - and for men - in the twenty-first century.  

'Madeleine Mountains' in  The Point

'Madeleine Mountains' in The Point

Eliza at 53 Degrees North / Laurent Perrier

We recently wrote about contemporary art collective House of Artists, whose mission it is to spread exquisite art through the medium of vinyl wall coverings. 

In the latest collaboration with contemporary collective House of Artists, Maria has been commissioned to fill a single wall of 53 Degrees North / Laurent Perrier in Leeds. A stunning backdrop to the bar's VIP area, Eliza adds exquisite colour to the iconic space. 

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Heart of Darkness Penguin Book Cover

Penguin Books commissioned Maria to design a book cover for Joseph Conrad's timeless classic Heart of Darkness. 

The brief was short: the cover had to look "modern and different." Maria applied her pin-up process, building exotic flora and fauna, hidden figures and animals, over an antique photographic portrait. With a sitter resembling the book's narrator, Marlow, Maria layered snakes, maps, and skulls - some of the book's most evocative images - to create her unique visual response. 

The result was a success, capturing the dark and brooding atmosphere of one of the nineteenth century's most captivating works of literature. 

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