The last couple of years I've concurrently worked on a series of paintings that are an exploration of the narrative idea of home and communication by the means of placing houses and telephone poles within a seemingly hyper chaotic yet highly systematic landscape. I like to use the house as a symbol in my paintings because their simplicity obscures the complex and uniquely personal relationship that each viewer has to an idea of ‘home’. The telephone poles are a universal and quickly fading icon of communication that symbolize emotional connection, formality, privacy, and disconnection. Following this theme of communication and home, my digital art project takes each US state motto and translates it into that state's top five languages and then back to English, this is accompanied by a satellite layered snapshot of the Google Earth view of that state.
I have come to believe that art making is a primary language that we are born with and is a means by which we communicate our creative impulses. My paintings strive to speak this language to those who are still fluent and to those who might have lost some of the words but still recognize the pitch and flow.
Margaret Withers is a New York based visual artist who is interested in painting the fragments of stories found in an imaginary American landscape that capture in the abstract the conflicting ideas of joy and melancholy; and isolation and alienation in regards to the concept of home and communication.
Her web based transliteration project is based on cultural shifts in the 50 US states. Originally from Texas, Withers has exhibited her work throughout the country and internationally in Brussels, Australia, Berlin, China, Vienna and Russia. Her artwork is included in multiple private and corporate collections and has won numerous awards including a 2013/2015 resident fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony, and a 2013 USA Project Grant.