(l) “Pandora Box-9 Spot Lady Bug-disappearing” (2018) closed box 14″ x 14″ x 4″
(r) “Pandora Box-European Hornet-Invasive Species” (2018) closed box 24″ x 10″ x 10″ Invasive
Susan Martin-Maffei’s Statement
Pandora’s Box Series: The human footprint has changed our natural world and effected animals large and small. Invasive species, disease, climate change and disappearing environments endanger the balance of nature at alarming rates and to consequences yet unknown. There is beauty to be found in all things living and attention to its role in nature’s balance is crucial. This series attempts an awareness of both the beauty and the destruction.
Using the tapestry woven form of the simple tunic as platform for human involvement each box contains references to its condition whether it be invasive, endangered, threatened, or on decline. All animals are tapestry woven as well.
Susan Martin-Maffei’s Biography
Susan Martin Maffei is an internationally known tapestry artist whose background includes art studies at The Art Students League in NYC, tapestry training at Les Gobelins in Paris, apprenticeship and studio work at the Scheuer Tapestry Studio, NYC and conservation of antique textiles at Artweave Gallery, NYC. She has been weaving her work professionally since 1985. She has taught, lectured and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has work in both public and private collections.