Maggie Groat

Maggie Groat is a visual artist working in a variety of media including collage, sculpture, artists’ books, site-specific interventions, and field studies. Forming an ongoing research-based practice, Groat's work explores studies for possible futures, salvage practices, relationships and reconnections to place and ancient knowledge systems from an indigenous perspective. Through reconfiguring and recontextualizing found materials, she assembles collages, sculptures and tools that enable moments of envisioning and the potential for action. Maggie studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. She is represented by Erin Stump Projects in Toronto.

Earlier this year, Groat curated and edited an alternative collection of research published by Art Metropole entitled The Lake, and was included in A Problem So Big it Needs Other People curated by cheyanne turions at SBC galerie d'art contemporain in Montreal. In the coming months, her work will be a part of shows at Republic Gallery in Vancouver, the Elora Centre for the Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto. Solo shows at ESP, YYZ and a site-specific project and self-directed residency at Brock University’s Rodman Hall in St. Catharines will follow in 2015. Her work has been included or reviewed in Front Magazine, Kolaj Magazine, Cmagazine, The Toronto Star, Akimblog and Canadian Art.  Maggie currently lives on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, but will spend Fall 2014 in Vancouver as the Visiting Artist-Scholar-in-Residence at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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