Maria’s practise is rooted in drawing. She studied at Norwich School of Art (now NUA) spending a lot of time in the life room learning through observation. During her time at the art school, Maria was taught by Ana Maria Pacheco, the Brazilian artist who helped free her from some of the formal traditions, looking at cultural influences in developing her own language and voice connecting her own experiences with other narratives.
Maria has been printmaking for some time, mostly etching. She sees this as a development of drawing, but with a whole range of almost ritualistic processes, which seem in part archaic, in part alchemy. In essence, this is a destructive process working with acid, that bites into metal plates and her work often explores the relationship between sensitivity and destruction, the fragility of things. Animals feature very strongly in her images reflecting how humans have developed narratives and stories about them and are able to project thoughts and feelings in a symbolic way through animal tales.
Recently Maria has combined drawing with print processes through smoke drawings – drawing with a naked flame onto paper. She has to have a water spray to hand as burning is a real hazard with some pieces going up in smoke!