Margaret Ann Withers 2012
CLOSE X

Margaret Withers was born in Austin, Texas in 1965. Her father worked in the oil industry and because of the nature of the work they moved frequently, Withers’ dealt with this constant change by casting herself as both playwright and lead actor in countless fictions.  She attended Texas A&M University where she received a BA in Literature.   She moved to Colorado in 1991 and worked primarily in hand-built porcelain.  In 1998 she started a series of mixed-media oil paintings with cast porcelain heads pushed into the canvas.   In 2004 she attended CU Boulder’s MFA program but did not matriculate, instead deciding to move to New York City in 2006.  In 2011 she started working primarily on paper with watercolor, ink and enamel on an overlapping  series that explores migration, identity, belonging and the American anti-story.  

"For my current works on paper I layer watercolor and ink, based on color, viscosity, and texture, onto a white background to form the landscapes of my anti-story. Eyes connected by tendrils to high-gloss enamel mouths within the landscape become characters and monochromatic houses and telephone poles are woven into the compositions to evoke a kind of once-upon-a-time mythical world that is both playful and disquieting. This series is inspired by my childhood in the rural American South of the 1970's and conveys the interplay between the remembered physical landscape of that time and my emotional landscape past and present.  My hope is that these paintings would reveal an illuminating narrative cut, as if a flash bulb pop across the space of a story, allowing for a pause so that the viewer can spend some time in this space, to figure out the story, or to pretend a new one. "

 

Orbital
Cosmos
Ambient Space
Pneuma
Space-Time
Transitions
Pen and Ink
Transparancy Paintings
Mixed Media Paintings
2010:Paintings
2009-2004: Paintings
Sculptures and Vessels
Box Art
Press and Publications
CLOSE X

Margaret Withers was born in Austin, Texas in 1965. Her father worked in the oil industry and because of the nature of the work they moved frequently, Withers’ dealt with this constant change by casting herself as both playwright and lead actor in countless fictions.  She attended Texas A&M University where she received a BA in Literature.   She moved to Colorado in 1991 and worked primarily in hand-built porcelain.  In 1998 she started a series of mixed-media oil paintings with cast porcelain heads pushed into the canvas.   In 2004 she attended CU Boulder’s MFA program but did not matriculate, instead deciding to move to New York City in 2006.  In 2011 she started working primarily on paper with watercolor, ink and enamel on an overlapping  series that explores migration, identity, belonging and the American anti-story.  

"For my current works on paper I layer watercolor and ink, based on color, viscosity, and texture, onto a white background to form the landscapes of my anti-story. Eyes connected by tendrils to high-gloss enamel mouths within the landscape become characters and monochromatic houses and telephone poles are woven into the compositions to evoke a kind of once-upon-a-time mythical world that is both playful and disquieting. This series is inspired by my childhood in the rural American South of the 1970's and conveys the interplay between the remembered physical landscape of that time and my emotional landscape past and present.  My hope is that these paintings would reveal an illuminating narrative cut, as if a flash bulb pop across the space of a story, allowing for a pause so that the viewer can spend some time in this space, to figure out the story, or to pretend a new one. "