Maggie Groat

Maggie Groat

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rise > ease > deeply , 2020
Inkjet Print of found paper on found archival board, 12x16"
Open Edition (unframed)

rise > ease > deeply is part of an ongoing study into imperfect symmetries, patterning and the possible utilities of images. Composed with found and modified photographs taken from the margins of 20th century printed matter, and through the process of decontextualizing, fragmenting and halving, a proposal, a map, a power-filled composition emerges. This work carries the energies and associations of the fragmented, but transforms through its orbital relations and compilation into a collection that resists categorization. The double, a shadow, tethers, rituals, way-finding, spectrums, twinning, cycling, fragmentation, pollination, fertility, the relationship between the astronomical and the terrestrial, visible and invisible marks, folding and unfolding, attraction, alternative utility, are some of the fragmented and interconnected ideas and preoccupations that orbit the compositions in this ongoing study.

Maggie Groat is an image and object maker who utilizes a range of media to interrogate methodologies of collage, salvage practices and site-specificity. Her current research surrounds responsiveness to shifting territories, decolonial methodologies, caregiving, gardens, slowness, margins, alternative utilities, Indigenous Futurisms, and the transformative potentials of found and ritual materials. She is a Visual Studies Lecturer at the University of Toronto and currently lives with her partner and three children in Niagara on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Chonnonton, and Anishnaabeg.