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Underground Interview - May

With the May opening of Maeve O'Neill Sanger's latest exhibition in the Edge Gallery at Arts Underground, we've asked the artist to fill out a short Q & A. Many thanks to Maeve for her thoughtful and informative responses.  

Underground Interview – May 2017

What’s the most important item in your studio?

The most important item in my studio is a window. 

What’s the last piece of art you purchased?

I bought a thank you card the other day. There was a photo on the front of words drawn in the sand.

What piece of art do you wish you could have in your home?

Fred Varley of the Group of Seven has a painting of a girl in a pink dress on some Georgian Bay reefs. It is a beautiful depiction of the landscape where I spent childhood summers. I'd like to have that picture in my home.

What artist would you like to do a show with?

I'd love to do a show with my sister, Claire.

What Northern artist excites you?

John Steins, of course!

What do you like to do after an art opening?

After an art opening, I like to go out dancing and then get out for a hike early in the morning.

What book should we read?

Two books worth reading are Wealth Woman and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

What medium (other than the one you currently work with) would you like to master?

I'd like to master video, surfing, and the cello. 

How do you know when a piece is finished?

I know something is complete when I can look at it for a few minutes without changing anything.

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

My favourite of my own work is a small oil painting of some windows I built with my father. The painting traveled with me from France to Canada, and I've resized it a couple times.

What’s a big art lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I've learned to make things that I wish to share or to give to friends.

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