SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: A Micro-utopian Exhibition features Hixson's acrylic ink paintings on paper that draw inspiration from nature, pop culture, medical illustration and feminist science-fiction.
With this series of paintings, I conflate the environmental landscape with emotional change. My works are speculative climates that offer abject beauty and sublime mutation. I believe that nature’s complexity is its own civilization. It is ambivalent to us, and like a human cell, there is no end to its tyrannical limits and flow. The hallucinatory power of a bougainvillea bush is on par with Facebook algorithms and parasites and lysmata shrimp, a broken heart, etc. The colors of some flora and fauna appear artificially enhanced, as if glowing from a computer screen. This is the visual effect that I seek to recreate on paper.
Maiza Hixson Biography:
Maiza Hixson is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and Doctoral Scholars Fellow at UC Santa Barbara. She has exhibited and performed widely at such venues as: Highways in Santa Monica; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Baltimore Contemporary; Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; Haverford College; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and 21C Museum. She is an affiliate of Independent Curators International. Her works are included in the collections of: 21C Museum, Will Oldham, Larry and Ladonna Shapin, Joan and Kurtwood Smith, Dr. Jennifer Sorkin, Patrick Stallard, Aspect Chronicle of New Media Art and the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology. Hixson was featured on the EMMY Award-winning PBS TV show Articulate with Jim Cotter and her curatorial projects have been presented at Towson University in Baltimore, MD; Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati. Prior to receiving her MFA at UCSB in 2019, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies in 2005.