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.