Maia Leppo

Chicago, IL

This work is drawn from the need to create volume out of flatness.  By using almost exclusively sheet, I aim to manipulate the material to have a dimension it did not previously have.  The forms are inspired by botanical elements, abstracted and simplified to their most basic shape.
Maia graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health.  After two years in the field of kidney research in Boston, Massachusetts, she quit her job and moved to Gatlinburg, TN to participate in the work-study program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  She continued her education at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and opened a gallery there.  She now is a studio artist and instructor in Chicago and has completed her Masters in Fine Art at SUNY New Paltz. Her work has been shown internationally at Schmuck in Munich Germany and Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands as well as juried shows throughout the United States at Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, Ma, The Florida Craftsman Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.