(Image: Margaret Withers, blinking xozodiacal dust from tired eyes, 2011, watercolor, ink and enamel,168x127 cm; © Margaret Withers)
Margaret Withers (b. 1965, Austin, Texas)
I believe that art making is a primary language that we are born with and is the 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. My vocabulary originates as private symbols based on my memories, culture, and experiences and they intrinsically justify their own existence, however, they are not bound by the privacy of my experience, and as a language the symbols I use are fluid and personal to each viewer. I fight daily against the stagnation of ideas and emotions and I continually strive to grow and expand my practice to be fresh and authentic by utilizing my intuition. I believe that intuition is the apex of syllogism because it forces me to work outside of how I might naturally conceive a given painting based on my beliefs and current attitude. As such, my conscience painting process is not impacted by how I frame my daily experience and this allows me to freely explore and analyze my creative impulses.
Education: BA, English Literature, 2003, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
Margaret Withers was chosen as a Winner in Round #3 of the 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Series.
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