Maria Haag is an artist located in Dallas, Texas. In 2014 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas in 2021. In 2014 she received the Charles and Margaret Pollack art purchase award from the Mulvane Museum in Topeka, Kansas, and has gone on to participate throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the Dallas in Prizzi project, a short-term mural painting residency in the town of Prizzi, Sicily.
Her practice is focused on the sensation of life as a journey through a physical and spiritual maelstrom. This journey is focused on the lived interaction between being and nothingness, seen as a sort of storm: a wrenching out of the common through a series of events, active or passive, which create a puncture in what is, to open space for what could be. The fragility of things and persons is what inspires her drawings – sweeping lines and crusted layers of paper, charcoal, paint and collage. She draws on her memories of growing up in the American Midwest, watching smoke curl up from burning fields, the green and brown swirling skies giving birth to tornadoes, and the ever-present wind carving away at the land and its inhabitants.
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