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Maria Molteni at Montserrat College of Art

  • Montserrat College of Art 23 Essex Street, Room H201 Beverly, MA 01915 (map)

Maria Molteni is a Nashville-to-Boston-based multimedia & performing artist, educator & organizer. Having studied Painting and Printmaking at Boston University, her practice sprung from formalist roots, and has grown to incorporate research, social engagement, and experimentation. From fiber to found-object sculpture, textile to movement, performance to publication, she employs processes per their tactile and tactical abilities to manifest elaborate conceptual provocation and intuitive synaesthetic harmony. Exploring iterations of sport, craft, feminism, spiritualism, animism, utopia, glossolalia and urban planning, she takes interest in standardized systems that influence ritual through everyday functionality.She seeks to expose unseen presences or predicaments, both cosmic and practical. Trapping forces in wind-powered inflatables or posing basketball nets as the hoop’s phantom limb, her works introduce original or absurdist processes as applied aesthetic solutions. She playfully asks audiences to imagine her serving Black Mountain College as their PE coach. 
In 2010 She launched the international collective New Craft Artists in Action. She co-founded the participatory project Festooning the Inflatable Beehive after working with beekeepers from across the country, including Treatment Free Apiculturalists Golden Rule. She currently lives and works on the Boston Harbor in Midway Artist Studios and enjoys her membership of the Boston Rowing Center on her neighborhood's Fort Point Channel.

Maria Molteni will be on view in the Montserrat Gallery in the RE//Woven exhibition, October 10–December 17, 2016.

Information about RE//Woven: http://www.montserrat.edu/portfolio-item/re-woven/

To view more of Maria's work, visit: maria-molteni.squarespace.com

Earlier Event: October 18
Allison Katz at Boston University
Later Event: October 19
Chakaia Booker at Brandeis