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Maree Wilson was born in WaitakereCity in 1968. She was raised in Helensville and now divides her time between her home at Muriwai Beach and Hokianga, where she is a senior tutor in the Diploma and Certificate courses for Applied Arts at NorthTec, Rawene. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts fromthe University of Auckland and a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Much of Wilson's practice has beenanchored in the landscape, her work questioning our relationship with our environment. In earlier series of work, Wilson employed pale washes laid over a network of intersecting lines andcircles anchored by the vaguest of horizon lines. These works evoke images of water, atmospheric disturbance and erosion - thelandscape suspended in the animation of nature.
As her career has progressed, Wilsonhas taken to drilling and gouging holes in the surface of works on board, slowly moving from the abstraction of landscape to a self-reflective insistence on the surface of the work and the process of making. These holes, with their organic, virus-like population of thesurface, seek to introduce real space into the paintings, amovement that Wilson describes as 'a piercing of two dimensionalspace which inescapably links the work to the spectator in a bodilyway'.
Wilson has held a number of solo exhibitions in Auckland andSydney as well as participating in both national and international group shows in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Christchurch, Waikato andAuckland. She was judged Winner of the Waitakere Art Award in 1993and nominated as a finalist in the 1998 Royal Overseas Leagueexhibition in London. In 2003 & 2004, Wilson was a finalist inthe Siemens RMIT Fine Arts Scholarship Exhibitions and in 2005& 2009 she was judged a finalist in the Waikato Contemporary Art Award.