This work was created during the WoW/UNY Governors Island Residency. Maggie Haslam was in residence on Governors Island from July 23-August 5, 2018.
Dimensions: 45 x 70 inches
Materials: Watercolor and acrylic with water collected on Governor's Island on paper
Artist Statement: Birth was made to pay homage to the history and origins of Governors Island and was an act done to remember the relationship the Lenape people had to the land they lived on.
Maggie Haslam (born 1988) grew up in Washington D.C. and received her BFA in studio art from BYU in 2013. After graduation, Maggie moved to New York City, and continued her art education at Pratt Institute, receiving her MFA in painting in 2016.
Maggie primarily works in water based paints on paper. She designs situations where she relinquishes total control over the medium, allowing the flowing characteristics of the paint and water to act naturally on paper. The end result is often simply the process caught in the act.
Since 2017, Maggie has collaborated with a fellow artist in a residency program located in Beginning with Children Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. They have worked together with the help of the middle school students on a project relating to immigration and displacement. In the summer of 2018, Maggie received a residency on Governors Island, New York with Underwater New York/Works On Water where she used only collected and recycled water to make art with. Maggie has been teaching children in Upper Manhattan/Westchester with Scribble Art Workshop since 2017.
Maggie lives and works in Manhattan, New York. maggiehaslam.com