Irene Maginniss - Fiber/Paper Collage
“My works speak of memories, thoughts and human energies. The patterns of our daily life, our pasts that leave impressions, and the hopes and dreams for tomorrow, are all part of the fabric of my mixed media creations.”
The art of Irene Maginniss includes processes and a wealth of surface design techniques that are used to continually embellish, alter and add to the picture plane, which might be paper, canvas, fabric, or additional found papers and objects. Painting with acrylics to which wall paper pastes have been added allows for spontaneous and expressive color play, pattern and texture creation. Making papers using cotton linter pulps can include embedding fabric & misc. fibers, pulp painting, embossing, stitching, drawing, stamping and inlay. The random threads in her works allude to the spontaneity and fluidity of the painting & papermaking processes. The grid arrangement hints at order and structure, yet the irregular placement of colors and the richly embellished surfaces are asymmetrical in composition.
Processes include poured and sheet pulled cotton linter pulps (i.e. handmade paper), colored with pigments & dyes, embedding fabric and misc. fibers, pulp painting, and embossing. These collages might include painted papers, stitching, drawing with colored pencil, surface printmaking and image transfers. Additional found papers, maps, stamps, fibers, found objects, and textile remnants might be added throughout the process—adding to the narrative of creation of the collage/assemblage.
Inspired by the world around her, Maginniss loves travel and exploring near and far. Discovering old and new in and around cities and towns and appreciating the rich variety of landscapes are inspirational. A serious concern for the natural environment as well as an interest in our evolving humanity, has encouraged work in altering and changing surfaces, as well as reusing as the best way to recycle. Photography continues to play a part in recording memories as well as occasional inclusions in artwork in the form of image transfers. And a longtime love of beads has encouraged Maginniss to create jewelry, which she also markets.
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Maginniss has had additional coursework at Miami & Ashland Universities, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and she continues to study and expand her knowledge and interest in surface design. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States in national and invitational shows, festivals and galleries. Selected exhibitions include Philadelphia Craft Show, Ann Arbor Street Fair, Smithsonian Craft Show, and American Craft Council in Baltimore, MD. Her works are included in many public and private collections including Hallmark in Kansas City, MO, The Dana Corporation in Toledo, the Ohio Craft Museum and the collection of Olga Hirshhorn of Washington, DC. She has received numerous awards and recognitions at the Mansfield Art Center, Winterfair, the Columbus Street Fair, Lakefront Festival of Arts in Milwaukee, WI, Old Orchard Art Fair in Chicago, etc. Maginniss has taught and lead workshops, been an Artist in Residence in the schools, and lectured at all levels. She has been teaching elementary art in Mansfield and Lexington Public Schools and will retire in May.
“My visual language, though continually evolving and changing, is my primary means to self expression. A serious interest in design and composition are intertwined, and they come together during the process of creation. My personal vision reflects the unlimited possibilities of the square and triangle, the presence of negative space, and the complexities & simplicities of gradations. The process of creation is always a validation, and by sharing my work with others, I give them the opportunity to reflect.”