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Maria Lux

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2018 Grants for Artist Projects
Walla Walla County



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Dominus, handmade faux raccoons, Roomba vacuum cleaner robots, household cleaning supplies, custom-made wallpaper in Memphis-style design patterns, three drawings referencing social media posts about robots and raccoons., 2017. Photo: Will Arnold..

Drink, brass chandelier with fruit-bat crystals, handmade 17th century-Dutch-style table, Tyvek® table cloth laser-cut with Dutch lace patterns and diagrams of Nipah virus, oil on canvas on panel of flowers and fruits pollinated by fruit bats, with carved frame depicting diagrams of viruses transmitted by fruit bats, 2016. Photo: Mario Gallucci..

Be Merry, formica marble, blue tarp, 97 3D-printed ABS plastic vulture skulls, artificial grass. , 2016. Photo: Will Arnold.

Maria Lux is a research-driven artist who makes installation-based works centering on animals and their relationship to human knowledge. Her work is situated at the intersection of art and scholarship, and she draws from fields such as the natural sciences, history, literature, and film.

Originally from Iowa, Maria earned her BFA from Iowa State University in 2006 and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Solo exhibitions include Upfor Gallery in Portland, Oregon; Visual Arts Exchange Cube Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina; and VisArts in Rockville, Maryland. She has been an artist in residence numerous times, including at the Enos Park Residency in Springfield, Illinois, and the Center for New Art at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. She is currently an assistant professor of art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

Maria received 2018 GAP Award funding for a new installation project that uses the aesthetics of horror-punk to reconsider the romanticized, sentimental figure of the “endling” (the last remaining individual of a nearly-extinct species) through a graphic novel and sculptural creatures rising as zombies from their natural-history-museum graves.

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