"My recent body of work represents an investigation into capturing and expressing the psychological and emotional conditions of pain, grief, and distress. These female figures depict the emotions of how a woman might view herself, through an abject point of view, opposed to an actual depiction of the form.”
From the city of Hindman, Kentucky, Maria Risner completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morehead State University in 2014 and is also a recent graduate of East Tennessee State (Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art). It was in graduate school that she began her series “Undesirable Forms,” which represent an investigation into capturing and expressing the psychological and emotional conditions of pain, grief, and distress. The work focuses primarily on female figures and depicts the emotions of how a woman might view herself, through an abject point of view, as opposed to an actual depiction of the female form. This artwork is intended to reveal the complexity of contentment within oneself and is meant to attract and repulse the viewer using both beautiful and undesirable formal elements. She plans to continue producing this theme for future projects.
Risner has participated in many juried group exhibitions within the United States, and her artwork can be seen in the recently published (Winter 2018, Vol.41) issue of Studio Visit Magazine.
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