MAXWELL

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school — it was a board­ing school ac­tu­ally — how I got in­ter­ested in print mak­ing was be­cause my teacher looked at the draw­ings I was do­ing and said, ‘You know, you should try thiss­creen print­ing,’” Maxwell re­called. “I said, well OK, but she didn’t know how to teach it so we kind of learned it to­gether.”

Since then, Maxwell said she in­cludes print­mak­ing, or the process mak­ing art­works by print­ing, in her art in some form, though she com­bines it with other mixed media and such is the case with “El Ojo De La Noche.”

Maxwell ex­plained she was in­spired to cre­ate this body of work, which took about two years to com­plete, after hear­ing a poem in Span­ish that de­scribed the moon as “the eye of the night.”

“That one phrase re­ally stuck with me and about a year later it rather came to­gether be­cause I’d been work­ing with th­ese sort of large macro ideas of how we are con­nected to the uni­verse,” she said. “It seemed like a per­fect metaphor for the whole idea.”

Maxwell is cur­rently a pro­fes­sor of art at Ari­zona State Univer­sity. She ob­tained a master of fine arts de­gree from the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin, Madi­son and a bach­e­lor’s from North­west­ern Univer­sity in Evanston, Ill.

Hail­ing from Illi­nois, Maxwell stud­ied and lived through­out the Mid­west and Alabama be­fore mov­ing to her present place of res­i­dence, Tempe, ac­cord­ing to her on­line bi­og­ra­phy listed on her web­site.

Her mixed media works, prints and in­stal­la­tions fea­tur­ing im­ages comb­ing na­ture and the iconog­ra­phy of sci­ence and spir­i­tu­al­ity have been ex­hib­ited na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally at venues such as the China Acad­emy of Art, Hangzhou; Detroit In­sti­tute of the Arts; Den­ver Art Mu­seum and Scotts­dale Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, her bi­og­ra­phy shows.

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