New York artist Maria Spector explores issues of identity through the medium of paint. With a BA in art and psychology from Binghamton University, a Masters in counseling from Harvard, and an MFA in painting from Queens college, she is able to delve deep into the meaning of her work, bringing an insightfulness that is often disarming. Ms. Spector received Individual Artist Support Grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Council on the Arts in 2001 and 2003. In 2000, she received an Individual Artist Support Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. In New York, she has shown at PS 122, NURTUREart Gallery, HEREart, Omni, and Gallery Korea. She has taken part in museum and university shows at The Anchorage Museum of History and Art, The Binghamton University Museum, Opalka galleries at Sage College, and Purdue University Galleries. In 2007, she was part of Project Diversity, Queens. Additionally, she has been a panelist and curator for various art organizations. In 2007, her work was featured in the Money Magazine article “The Art of the Internet: How to Surf your Way to an Enviable Art Collection.”
I was born in NYC, and continue to make art there. I have received Individual Artist Support Grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and an Individual Artist Support Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. I have shown at galleries throughout New York. In the 1930’s, Darla Hood from the Our Gang series sang I’m in the Mood for Love while in the 1980’s Brooke Shields asked: “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” Brooke Shields was 14 years old; Darla was 5. Our culture idealizes a girl’s development from child to woman. Works from my Girls Will Be Girls Series and my Shadow of Girlhood Series draw on our how our culture has made a girl's development sexy and violent. Her potential womanhood is anticipated and obsessed over. As a society we rightly decry the abuses of young girls, yet at the same time we seem to promote its very existence. The young starlets from both the past and today are successful by inhabiting and exploiting their own sexiness and flirtatiousness. From Shirley Temple to Natalie Wood, a child star seduces us. The girl that is not yet a woman is desired or anticipated. The works from my Girls will be Girls Series are done with gouache on paper with photo/digital prints. The works from my Shadow of Girlhood Series are done with gouache/graphite on paper.
b. 1965, New York, NY
Lives and works in Long Island City, NY