Today we’d like to introduce you to Maeve Eichelberger.
Maeve, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Southern Colorado was where I was raised on a ranch, with horses, goats, chickens, and peacocks. The majority of my time was spent outside and the memories I hold closest are the animals and the landscape of the west.
Eventually, I went to Miami, FL for my Masters in Fine Art and started developing collages based on the light, space, and layers of the culture there. As I reflected on my western roots, it was a natural transition to use the west as my subject matter. Now I live back in Colorado, and its been seven years working in the subject matter I love the most.
Please tell us about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work is both considered sculpture and photography. I make sculptures from acrylic using my own photography to layer my images for a variety of narratives and sometimes just for texture. They are not 3d printed. Each piece is one of a kind, hand etched and hand formed with heat. It’s a tedious process that includes layout, composition, etching, heating, and bending.
I have a great fascination and love the west and ranch life. I want to honor the tools, people, places and animals of rural life. My work is a different perspective of the west by utilizing contemporary materials.
Viewers and their experiences are all different, but I would hope my work would signal a memory, a new view of the contemporary west or simply an appreciation of form.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
For me personally, Marketing. As an emerging artist, my time has to be split between the business elements and the art making. Marketing today is not only showing up to openings and word of mouth by clients but social media. A lot of my time has to be spent on social media which is very demanding.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently, I’ll be participating in the Small Works, Great Wonders Art Show and Sale November 9, 2018, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. In January I am part of the Coors Western Art Show and Sale January 7-27, 2018 at National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado. My work permanently hangs at The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA. The gallery Visions West also represents a few of my saddles in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
My website and monthly newsletter are great ways to keep up with my newest works and exhibitions.
50% of what I do are commissions for private collectors. Quite often I use images of their ranches, animals, and their memories.
- Website: http://maeveeichelberger.com
- Phone: 303.917.4443
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @maeveeichelbergerstudio & @maevee_livinit
- Facebook: Maeve Eichelberger
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