Maize’s still life paintings hover carefully on the line between
realist and abstract. In fact, Catherine Maize describes herself
as a failed abstract painter. Her work is created from an interest in
the abstract composition found within a skillfully composed still
life. She constructs her still life arrangements with an
attention to the character of the individual objects, controlling the
space surrounding the objects with positive attention. Maize considers
her composition without the notion ‘negative space’, instead she
creates relationships between the depicted objects with muted color.
This gives her paintings a visual connection to other still life
painters such as Giorgio Morandi. Her small panels,
almost always less than twelve inches in either dimension, invite
peaceful observation, just like the air in her paintings of quiet
rooms, whose isolated chairs act as surrogates for the artist.
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