Maureen Shields

I began a project January 1, 2018, where I made a collage a day for the first 100 days of 2018. I posted them to my Instagram feed daily. 

The intent of my work is twofold. First, I hope to initially attract and ideally seduce, as well as engage the viewer with surface, color, and beautiful and interesting objects. The tone of my work is often at first glance innocent and cheerful. Second, what follows this initial reception of a playful, nearly saccharine veneer is a deeper invitation into a strangely constructed world. The viewer is caught between a delight in the fantastic and a sense of unease or menace. The animal motifs I employ in the work, often times emphasizes the idea of the animal kingdom rather than actual wildlife. My art works to balance between the whimsical, the grotesque, and the commonplace. I hope to skew perspective and I seek to reintroduce the strangeness and complexity associated with childhood without projecting directly onto the specific.


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