My practice explores the entanglements between material, ideas and my physical/emotional body through interaction with people and spaces. In this way don’t consider myself as separate from my work. My art works on me as I work on it, in the same way a forest moves through me as I move through it. Process is as important as the finished work. I strive to create a visual narrative that deepens levels of meaning and symbols across time and geography. Each work is a potential access point for audiences / co-creators to experience and explore my themes and ideas.
I recently published an article called ‘Individual Dissent for Collective Change in Art and Society’ in the CAS Anthology ‘Dissent: A Creative Practice’ (2018) and my practice currently includes ‘Drawing With Trees’ on my daily walk, and then I share images, thoughts and poetry as part of my process on Instagram #drawingwithtrees.
Maija’s Activity @ CAS
- Published ‘Individual Dissent for Collective Change in Art and Society’ in the CAS Anthology ‘Dissent: A Creative Practice’ (2018).
- Accepted a part-time position as CAS Engagement Officer
- Leading 6 months ACE funded R&D (Research and Development) for CAS, with Dawn Evans and working with David Dixon to write a successful application for CAS to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Maija’s work explores the tension between the individual and a collective ‘we’. She enjoys finding and creating connections between people, and between people and their environments or stories. This thread is expressed in different ways through all Maija’s work including printmaking and photography, design and consulting. Click here to read Maija’s CAS Blog.
- Facilitated “Chapters: Collaborative Dialogue in Practice” a catalyst event for Associates
- Participation in “Performance as material” workshop led by CAS Associate Kimvi Nguyen
- Participation in “Compression and Expansion” by CAS Associate Dawn Evans
- Facilitated “Material & imagined phenomena” led by Maija Liepins in response to Yonat Nitzan-Green’s invitation to explore an interview with Karen Barad
Through her art practice Maija is exploring how people create meaning, and how an artist can invite people to engage with ideas and environments. Her methods of exploration include reflecting on her own lived experience through poetry, dance, and symbolism. Her research focus is the impact of co-creativity, improvisation, (and dissent!) on collaborative relationships in the moments where people interact and make contact with people, society, and their environment.
- ‘Are We In Or Out?‘ a collaboration with artists Kirsty Smith and Issac Whitcombe at The Laboratory of Dissent
- Maija was project manager at the CAS Bureau of Exchange a 4 week public art project exploring the themes of value and exchange in a pop-up shop in Andover.
- CAS Community Development Activities. At CAS, Maija has been instrumental in supporting David’s vision for the Associate Artists Network, founded in 2014. Her interest in community engagement and helping individuals to realise and communicate their Art (whether they are professional artists or not!) has led her to devise a number of projects to create a sense of unity, connection, and belonging amongst the CAS Artists.
- What Is This Dissent? Whilst some CAS artists responded to our new Dissent program with enthusiasm, others had initial reservations about the overtone of conflict and questions about where they fit in. Maija used her initiative to devise 4 questions that encouraged the artists to reflect on their personal perspective and influencers. Interviews were filmed by Chloe Sutton Stacey and show a diversity of influences and insights into what it means to question an accepted ‘norm’. Watch now
- Interviewing all 17 CAS Artists over the course of 3 months, and documenting the conversation on film. The intention was to showcase the films at a private CAS Film Screening that would reveal the connections and commonalities between the artists, and inspire future collaborations. This inevitably prompted the creation of our CAS Youtube Channel and you can watch the films here.
- ‘Together’ A Studio Lab exploration of Co-creativity and Interactivity. The event closed with a Creative Jam inspired by David Dixon’s 1.am event.
- A Find Your Passion Workshop, to help Associate artists think about how they communicate what they do.
- Participation in 1.a.m, David’s Associates Network promotional event which set the tone for our experimental, and collaborative approach.