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Maia Leppo

“My process is dictated by the limits that I place on myself: the source of inspiration, my process of design and creating, my use of materials, colors and mechanisms.  My work is also drawn from the need to create volume out of flatness.  By using almost exclusively steel sheet, I aim to manipulate the material to have a dimension it did not previously have.  The forms are inspired by botanical elements, abstracted and simplified to their most basic shape. I use silicone cord, steel tubing, and wire to create the finished piece of work.  I restrict my color choices to the black, white, and the terracotta color of the industrial silicone. I am interested in scale, volume, movement and repetition and how the computer can help me explore these ideas.

Maia received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She received her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz. She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont, Pocosin and at the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.