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“There is something incredibly visceral and tactile about working with graphite. When I draw I almost sculpt, using my fingers to blend and smudge the pencil marks I have made on the paper like clay. I can get lost in pencil lines, blurring the black and white beneath my hands. I feel the same way about collage and its sculptural aspects, as collage is also a part of my work. Sometimes, I augment what I have drawn and pasted together with color, and sometimes I feel that I have very little use for color at all. I am a shadow person, someone who feels very much at home in grays. I try to see the world from all different sides and this view is reflected in my art.

As most of my drawings are in graphite, much of the art I create has an historical or psychological context. I have had a lifelong love affair with history, beginning with a childhood of obsessively reading encyclopedias and biographies, which is something I still do today. To say that Historical personalities fascinate me on a profound level would be an understatement. I love stories, and historical ones, stories about people who actually lived, and loved, and died before my time are the stories that I am most interested in. Some Historical characters I love, some I do not admire at all, and most I could say I have very mixed views about… but it has long been a fantasy of mine to travel in time and meet these people. My art is a combination of homage, polemic, critique, and exploration of their lives and philosophies, as well as a product of my own self-proclaimed status as an unabashed history geek.

As for the more psychological pieces of my work… these are important to me as well. I like to ask myself questions about good and bad, and the subjective nature of reality, why I feel the way I do and why I choose to act on my feelings. Art gives me a means to explore my own mind and the many burning questions I have about it.”

Maria Schlomann was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981. She lived in Pennsylvania and Connecticut before moving back to the Boston area in 1993. Schlomann’s artwork mixes the psychological with dark humor. It is often imbued with personal references and deals with the experience of living with mental illness.

Schlomann has exhibited at the Gateway Gallery in Brookline, MA and at Barney’s NY at the Chestnut Hill Mall in Brookline, MA. Her artwork has also appeared in Art New England magazine.

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