For me, the creative process is about developing a conversation with nature and her forces, and starting to listen to her with my heart. Although my sculpture is non-representational it is strongly related to human questions of encounter, relationship, the space in between, the centre and the inner life.
I am inspired by stone, especially the slate of North Wales with its dark, deep purple/black tones and soft forms. I also enjoy using found materials, often wood, which has already been worked by nature to which I add further transformation (sometimes a lot, sometime a little) to enhance its beauty and give it meaning. Often I use mixed materials to create a dialogue between the various components of the form and so add a higher level of complexity to the work.
Since 2000 I have been a member of Surrey Sculpture Society and exhibited with them at many prestigious venues. I also exhibit regularly with the South East Open Studios programme and at other venues in SE England.
My work can be found in many private and company collections.
I am a co-director and tutor at the Hoathly Hill Sculpture Studios, West Sussex. I am also a state registered Art Therapist (STRATh) with a private practice and using the healing properties of sculpture and painting.
Maria lives in West Hoathly, West Sussex
Tel: 01342 811386
e-mail: Maria Albiez