For more than a decade, artist Maya Freelon has created striking abstract sculptures and installations from tissue paper and water stains. Her technique — letting water gently drip so the paper’s colour bleeds organically — arose from happenstance, when, as an MFA student, she discovered a stack of old tissue paper in her grandmother’s basement.
Maya Freelon is an award-winning visual artist whose work was described by the late poet Maya Angelou as “visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being.”
Her unique tissue paper art, praised by the International Review of African American Art as “a vibrant, beating assemblage of colour,” has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Paris, Jamaica, Madagascar, and Italy.
Cosmopolitan Magazine featured her in June 2015 in “Art Stars,” calling her one “of the most badass female artists in the biz.”
Click here to read her interview with Smithsonian.com.
Maya + Cadillac
I Want to Make Joy: Maya Freelon
To be an artist in today’s volatile art industry is to embody daring. It is to put one’s personal truth and vision out in the world, to face the whims of changing trends, fickle buyers and misguided interpretations by critics. Yet, to be a successful artist also amplifies the audacity – to go from obscure creativity to the biggest galleries and museums takes a unique level of conviction. Cadillac highlights artists of colour who have ventured to the farthest extent of their creativity and now fully embody the ethos: Dare Greatly.
Deftly combining colours, textures and themes to create something more powerful than the sum of it’s parts—this is artist Maya Freelon’s mission.