Art Criticism, Arts Ministry, Education, Liturgical Design, Painting, Sculpture, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
Maria Fee’s work cares for simple materials, and constructs places for contemplation. Overall, the art is concerned with issues of locality, multiformity, transcendence, and temporality. Operating as both painting and sculpture, the pieces retain a ghost-sense conjured through layered tinction processes or overlapping assembly that suggests the more that lurks behind or beyond corporeality.
Similar to traditional icon paintings where the material points to the immaterial like a window, three dimensional art compositions comprised of pierced, cut, and latticed skins of paper or canvas offer the opportunity for spiritual vistas. The pieces formulate multiple corridors or apertures that grant access into inner sanctums or histories. Despite the fragility of these farraginous forms, they bid welcome as mini-shelters. In this way, diverse scraps are honored and conjoined to produce approachable places. The bricolage method also refers to a mestizo mode--the mixing of media and forms to represent cultural mixing. Hybridity as a playful endeavor redeems disparate elements as a means to grant openness, immediacy, and fluid intimacy. Mestizo attempts to broaden what George Steiner states as humanity's "small house of our cautionary being." This indicates the way art can operate as a unifying method that offers welcome to diverse schemes.
The humble state of paper, paint, and canvas alongside its steady ritualistic manipulation afford sacramental possibilities, a simple refuge for body and soul.
Accomplishments / CV
2019 PhD in Theology and Culture, Fuller Seminary
2010 Masters of Art in Theological Studies
1989 Master Of Fine Arts, Queens College, City University of New York
1985 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Queens College, City University of New York
1984 Yale Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk, CN
2019 Works by Maria Fee, Irenic Projects, Pasadena, CA
2019 Uneven Stepping Stones, Group show Brehm/Fujimura Studios
2018 Kenosis, Group Show, Loft2, San Pedro, CA
2018 Breaking A-Way, Installation, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena
2013 New & Used: Employing Text, Exhale Unlimited, L.A.
2012 The Second Garden: Works by Maria Fee, W83 Ministry Center, NYC
2011 Artist Couples, Shared Places, Rob Buckley Gallery, NYC
2008 Group show, Art Into Action, Theatre for the New City, NYC
2006 Group show, Two Cities Gallery, Shanghai, China
2006 IAM exhibition, Artists as Reconcilers. Cooper Union, NYC
2006 Group Show, Sow Generously, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC
2005 Group Show, Peculiar Honors, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC
2003 Paintings and Poems, Cedar House Café, NY
2002 Regent Community Exhibition, Vancouver
2001 Landscape of the Psalms, Regent College, Vancouver
2000 Group exhibition, Schloss Mittersill, Austria
1992 Solo, Maria Reyes Fee, Art Center at Benjamin Rosenthal Library, NY
1992 Group exhibition, Upstream Gallery, NY
1989 Already/Not Yet, One-person exhibition at Kiely Gallery, NY
1988 Juried 88, Queens Museum, New York.
1987 Chicago Art Exposition, Bates Gallery, Chicago, IL