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Maureen PigginsToronto, Ontario, Canada
Maureen Piggins is a Canadian artist and graphic designer. She holds a B.F.A. in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design and has worked professionally as a graphic designer for over 15 years. Her work, including artist books, writing, drawing and painting has been exhibited internationally and is held in collections including the permanent collection of the MOMA. The desire to explore thematic relationships through content and structure drew her to start making artist books in 2009. Her books range from multi-page accordion books to unique structural pieces, and incorporate drawing, painting and photography with original poetry. Her poems have been published by both gallery and online publications. Recent work has focused on examining the nature of personal relationships as they are changed by illness, grief and memory. Echo (2009) incorporates a body of drawings, paintings and poetry about her mother’s death from breast cancer. Sculptural in effect, the viewer walks around the work, physically evoking the workings of memory and grief as a non-linear, continous process. Dear Bridgett (2010) is based on a collection of letters and postcards written by her father to her mother, a dichotomy of the public and the private. Other work involves drawings, paintings and writing concerning her father’s death from dementia, exploring the impact that dementia has on relationships and grief.