The Studios Gallery is delighted to present “Outside In”, an exhibition of works by artist Maggie Hargreaves. Using drawing, print, sculpture and installation the exhibition explores the constantly shifting space where we interact with the natural world we inhabit.
Opening with a preview on Thursday 11th December, 6.30-8.30pm at The Studios Gallery, New Mills, the exhibition runs till Friday 16th January 2015.
After working as a Research Biologist, Maggie Hargreaves studied Fine Art at Bolton University gaining a BA (1st class) in Fine Art in 2011. She has exhibited throughout the UK and is the 2014 winner of the John Ruskin Prize for Drawing.
Maggie says, “I am interested in the way we perceive the natural world and how we respond when we come into contact with it. In our busy lives, increasing reliance on indirect experience of our surroundings through TV, consoles and cinema alters the way we treat what’s actually there.”
‘Outside In’ brings together immersive charcoal drawings with etchings, in which Maggie considers how we deal with our natural environment, physically, socially and culturally. In all the works the photographic origins are unmistakable, whilst evidence of the artist’s processes blurs boundaries and challenges our understanding of what is real and what is fictional.
In the larger drawings the viewer is invited to believe in the spaces and scenes through scale and the level of ‘almost reality’ achieved. The artifice of their construction is made evident in revealing gestural processes and materiality, creating an unsettling state of vacillation in the viewer between the drawing space and the gallery space.