from her purpose built studio at her home in Melbourne, Marise Maas successfully
juggles a rigorous painting practice with her role as a mother of two.
is within the rhythmic and gestural nature of Marise Maas’ work that her
ethos of pure observation becomes most evident. Informed by a meditative response
to the experience of the mundane, Maas refuses to quantify the meaning and purpose
of her images. Rather, like the works themselves, the artist allows her examination
of form and matter to filter into the structure of paint and line. Citing such
masters as Susan Rothenberg as her influences, Maas creates pictorial planes that
defy perspective and yet adhere to a compositional structure informed by her formal
training as a printmaker.
is a sense of joy and celebration in Maas' work, her lines responding to the essence
of a thing rather than to its implied meaning or value. Discarded tin cans or
baking tins carry the same weight and value as a wild flower or a bird wing.
Her works are in numerous major collections nationally and internationally, such as the National Gallery of Australia, BHP Billiton,
Swinburne Institute of Technology and National Australia Bank Collections.
Click here to read Marise's recent interviews with the Melbourne Review, The Design Files, and Daily Imprint.
Open to Greatness 2013
oil on canvas
150cm x 200cm