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Maggie Williams

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Lee Haney, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Franco Columbu, 2016 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Iris Kyle, 2016 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Samir Bannout, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Phil Heath, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Lenda Murray, 2016 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Dexter Jackson, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Dorian Yates, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Jay Cutler, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Chris Dickerson, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Ronnie Coleman, 2015 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2016 Cross Stitch On Aida Approx. 20 Cm © Maggie Williams
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1989
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Statement

“…[Williams] explores the intersection between fine art and popular culture, without wasting time in callous irony. Her work is fresh and often surprising, with a cleverness which is both humane and devastatingly well observed.”  - Gillian McIver, Studio 75

Maggie Williams’ most recent work intends to challenge the perception of Mr & Ms Olympia; an annual international bodybuilding competition. Fascinated with the extreme exhibition of masculinity, Williams intends to create a dialogue of antithesis and symbiosis in the portrayal of these male and almost unidentifiable female champions through the effeminate art of embroidery. The victors are emasculated as their final poses are transformed from a Herculean moment to a delicate cross-stitch, whilst the depiction of taut, bulging muscles brings about a new sensibility and contemporary twist to needlework.  

With the aim of creating a dialogue between labour intensive bodybuilding and embroidery versus the quick digital means of today, some have been left intentionally unfinished; stripping down the body and dispersing the muscle through embroidered pixelation.

The redescription and transformation of an object or image is a theme that appears heavily throughout Williams’ work. Whether the process is delicate or destructive, her artwork mirthfully reintroduces the subject matter.

Maggie Williams (b.1989) is a British artist currently living and working in London. Since graduating in 2011, Williams has both organised and exhibited in numerous shows in London and further afield.

Current Exhibition
2016 Secret 7", Sonos Studio, Shoreditch, 8 Apr-1 May

Upcoming Exhibitions
2016 YUM!, The Freudian Sheep, Ipswich, 14 May-3 Jun
… . . Thread Festival, Maltings Riverside Gallery Cafe, Farnham, Sept
… . .  Thread Festival, Maltings Riverside Gallery Cafe, Farnham
Solo Exhibitions
2015 The Art Book, DigitasLBi, Brick Lane, Shoreditch
2014.The Art Book: Revised Edition, cueB Gallery, Brockley

Group Exhibitions
2016 Open cueB 2016, cueB Gallery, Brockley
… . .  Hand Maid, Sweet ‘Art, Hoxton Arches 
… . .  Meet the Artists, Gorsuch St, Hoxton

… . .  Art Rooms 2016, Meliá White House, Regent’s Park

… . .  Zealous X, Rich Mix, Shoreditch
2015 Contemporary, Alon Zakaim Fine Art, Mayfair 
… . .  Summer Salon II, Candid Arts Trust, Islington
… . .  Maybe: The USA Getaway, Limewharf, Vyner St, Hackney
… . .  Deep Trash Italia #5, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Bethnal Green

… . .  12, Menier Gallery, London Bridge
2014
.Humble Origins: Art on Paper, BAR Gallery, Willesden
… . .  100, ONCA, Brighton
… . .  Parallel Lines, Area44, Newington
… . .  Stomach, Hoxton Arches, Hoxton
… . .  Open cueB 2014, cueB Gallery, Brockley
2013
.In Transition, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch
… . .  The Hours, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch
… . .  A Leap of Faith, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch
2012
.Looking, Conjunction, The Old Fire Station, Oxford
… . .  The Fountain, The Frameless Gallery, Clerkenwell
… . .  Showcase Cities, Richmix, Shoreditch
2011
.Partake, The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch
… . .  Vanguard, Studio 1D, Clapton
… . .  Barbican Arts Group, ArtWorks Project Space (E17 Art Trail), Walthamstow
… . .  Art Crawl, Comuniart, Hobgoblin, Islington
… . .  Bad Art Salon, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank
… . .  Lucky Dip 1.0, Hackney WickED Art Festival, Hackney
… . .  Free Range Art & Design Grad Show, The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch
… . .  UH Degree Show, UH Galleries, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
2010
.Take Away Exhibition, The Outside World Gallery, Shoreditch
… . .  Free Range Art & Design Grad Show, The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch
… . .  100sqft3, Cholmeley Boy’s Club, Dalston
2009
.Open Exhibition, The Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans
… . .  UH Presents, UH Galleries, Hatfiel, Hertfordshire

Lists
Zealous X 2016, Finalist

Literature
UH School of Creative Arts, Headlines 2014, Issue 5, Jul 2014, p.19
a-n, Studio 75, Artists Talking, 4 Jun 2014
Here Comes Everyone, Circles, Apr 2014, p.11
Conjunction, Judgement, Oxford, Oct 2011 p.19&25
Étoilée, The Editorial Issue, Hertfordshire, Jul 2011, p.44–5
Paperbrains, Issue 5, Essex, May 2011, p.23-4