Q+A: Maggie Cecchin


Why is painting important to you?

I use painting to express myself and my relationship to the world around me. For me, painting is a journey, a way of exploring and communicating. Although tactile and reduced, my paintings are full of depth and diversity. They provide viewers with inspiration and imagination, giving them the freedom to make of them as they choose.

What inspires you in your work?

While life’s simple everyday experiences and precious moments are a constant inspiration to me, I have also been influenced by abstract expressionists, master painters and colour-field artists, as well as the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi.

Can you tell us about your studio?

My studio, surrounded by nature, is located in an historic heritage property in the Adelaide hills. The 20-minute drive from my suburban home provides transition from the everyday to the creative. I love to paint to background sounds of cello music or the energy of jazz.

How would you describe your process?

I constantly challenge myself to reach beyond my comfort zone. My painting is process orientated, using additive and subtractive techniques. Surfaces are developed through adding layers of paint and other materials, mark making, scraping and sanding. It is an intuitive process that creates shapes which are developed and nurtured as the process evolves. Traces of early layers often remain visible, creating a history and allowing marks, shapes and colours to interact and evolve.

What is your goal as an artist?

My goal as an artist is to create art that will engage and evoke. I want viewers to linger, explore and enjoy, to experience the essence that transcends the questions of everyday life, to visualise their own story and enrich their lives.

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