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Maggie Hobbs

Maggie Hobbs is a Worcestershire based artist, working in a range of media, including clay, linocut and textiles. 

Her work draws inspiration and references from the British countryside, in particular those areas where she spends most time; Worcestershire, Cornwall and East Anglia. Many of her pieces are informed by her deep fascination for natural form and texture, especially within beach-found objects, rock and pebble forms, and the ever mutable canvas of the British weather. She also has a longstanding love of British naive or folk art.

In her recent work she has drawn upon these elements, particularly Staffordshire flat-back, Pratt Ware, and English vernacular pottery figures, to weave a synthesis of traditional heart and contemporary soul. Her figures, crafted on a modest scale, interpret painted earthenware through the seemingly incongruous medium of needle-felt.

Maggie says “I enjoy the notion of re-working an iconic theme of folk or vernacular art in a contemporary medium, whilst acknowledging the early needlework tradition of stumpwork. The potential tensions between the spirit of fragile clay and forgiving wool invest the figures with a curious dialogue across the ages, ultimately resolved in an inner calm, a peaceful contemplation.”

These evocative pieces, redolent of British folk tale and early social aspiration, deliver an aesthetic impact out of all proportion to their size.

 

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