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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Maureen Ault


I am an emerging artist living with an Acquired Brain Injury. I use real pressed botanical materials to create beautiful, contemporary artwork. I was first introduced to the use of pressed flowers in traditional pressed art design and from this came an exploration of how to use pressed botanical materials to create unique works of art. I am pictured here with my Service Dog, Toby who is a constant companion and an important asset to my everyday life. All of my artwork has his paw print of approval.


My collection includes images of ballet dancers, everyday life, landscapes and wildlife that reflects themes of movement, and texture with an eye to detail. In addition to the main subject of my artwork, I am now creating in-depth landscapes and background landscapes to place wildlife in their natural habitat. I am inspired by the simplicity and folk art of Maud E. Lewis and Grandma Moses.


Each piece of botanical material (i.e., petals, leaves, grasses, ferns, bark) is layered onto archival paper using a tiny drop of glue. After much layering I am left with the finished artwork. One of the challenges I face using this medium is its limited palette since I do not add colouring to these materials. By sorting my materials for variations in colour, I can create shading, depth and detail. Another challenge is ​creating a lifelike image using a very flat medium. I use the layering technique, as well as building up layers of archival paper to lift the image off the paper, create depth and perspective.


All of my artwork is framed under UV glass. The use of pressed or dried floral and botanical materials ensures that each piece creates a permanent image to be enjoyed as long as it is protected from moisture, chemicals and strong sunlight. 

Awards:

Ontario Arts Council - Deaf and Disability Art Projects Grant, 2021-23


Exhibitions:

December 2020: 10C Community Space, Guelph - Guelph Arts Council

December 2020: Big Smalls Online Show - Artists Network, Toronto

June/July 2021: Art on the Virtual Street - Guelph Arts Council, Guelph

June/July 2021 and September 2021: Riverdale Artwalks - Artists Network, Toronto


Memberships:

Guelph Arts Council, Guelph

Artists Network, Toronto

Headwaters Arts, Caledon

  1. "I use pressed botanicals because life is rooted in nature". 

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