Maria Fox Larsson
Maria is a self-taught artist whose work combines graphic art, sculpture and performance.
Maria creates pieces that incorporate found objects, wire and metal, acrylic paint, glitter and rhinestones, and show a subtle balance between visual simplicity and naiveté, and elaborate craftsmanship. She is a self-taught artist and started making art full time as a way to find inner balance and a sense of security after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Balance has become the key motif in her art: the balance of order vs chaos, logical regularity vs breaks and irrational glitches, perfection vs imperfection, rigidity vs flexibility, strength vs vulnerability, shelter vs confinement.
Q & A
What was your favorite thing to do as a child?
When I was little, my mom used to play the piano a lot. My favorite thing was to climb under the piano (it was an actual grand piano, so there was a lot of space underneath) and listen to mom playing from there: all the sounds were different, a lot deeper and more resonant and with bits of echo every which way. It always felt special and magical.
If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Name one place you really like to visit and tell us why.
I really love my studio. It’s a space I share with several of my artist friends (we’ve rented a great big room in an old factory building, and we each made our own space there and a common space that we share). I love working in my part of the studio and then going out into the common room to get tea and meeting one of my friends there and coming up with crazy fun ideas that later turn into really cool projects. Sharing and discussing ideas with friends really makes me a better artist and is my biggest source of inspiration.
What is a favorite quote of yours?
“The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.” — Jonathon Larson, Rent (La Vie Boheme)
Make art regularly, even if it’s just five minutes per day. It will really, really help you grow.
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