October 27, 2014

WICE Cultural Studies: Spotlight on Maggie Cardelus

WICE presents its Up Close and Personal series to give you an insider view of the fascinating members and staff who make up this remarkable association.  This week's focus is on Maggie Cardelus, WICE's Cultural Studies instructor. 

Maggie Cardelus is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist whose photo-based works challenge our conventional understanding of photography and stretch its boundaries into drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is internationally exhibited and collected. At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Santagiulia in Italy, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in studio art and in the theory of photography. She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Wellesely College, and her graduate degrees in architecture and fine arts from Columbia University and Hunter College in New York City  

Maggie in her own words:
I am an artist who has worked for 20 years in a variety of media, and most of my work is photo-based. Photo-based work deconstructs photographs and concentrates on specific aspects of the medium, be it its formal qualities like time or flatness, questions related to process, questions related to how society has used photography to document and remember, questions related to its cultural ubiquity and ability to create desire, and much, much more. A look at how contemporary artists delve into these questions is a great way to understand how artists think of photographs not as images but as complex nodes of power that shape how we think.

About Maggie’s courses:
I want my students to understand how to think critically about the visual world we live in.   It's important to be able to decode our visual worlds, and our visual worlds are made up mostly of photographic images. Nobody wants to live in the Matrix, unaware of how images are influencing their lives, and my course introduces ways to unpack images and see them for what they are. I teach the course in an informal manner, looking at dozens of images and the work of dozens of artists in a manner that encourages questions and lively conversation.

Register Now For Maggie’s Upcoming Courses:
- When Art Betrays Heart: Contemporary Artists Confronting Family in their Work