My practice is focused on the idea of life as an unavoidable journey through which persons and societies are forced to travel. For me, the journey begins with suffering, seen as a sort of storm: a wrenching out of the common through a series of events, active or passive, which create a puncture in what is to open space for what could be.
The fragility of things and persons is what inspires my drawings, sweeping lines and crusted layers of paper, charcoal, paint and collage. I draw on my memories of growing up in the American Midwest, watching smoke curl up from burning fields, the green and brown swirling skies giving birth to tornadoes, and the ever-present wind transforming the waving grasses and carving away at the land and its inhabitants.
Maria Haag is an artist located in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with her BFA in 2014 and received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas in 2021. In 2014 she received the Charles and Margaret Pollack art purchase award from the Mulvane Museum in Topeka, Kansas, and has gone on to participate throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the Dallas in Prizzi project, a short-term mural painting residency in the town of Prizzi, Sicily.