Maria Dumlao

My work explores the negative space, the spaces in between the lines, the places in between, part of, or around the presented images, spaces, places and issues. I zoom into the periphery and center the margins. I trace the erased marks and record the hushed sounds. I dig for what falls into the cracks and scratch what's been whited out. I rewind to what happens before and skip ahead to what happens after the frame. My studio practice involves investigative marveling and drawing "what if" scenarios. Much of it involves long hours pouring over films, videos, texts and other media from which I harvest images and material. I work in a variety of media, including photography, artists' books, installation, performance, sound, and video. I use different media as a means to highlight interstitial moments, background sound, shadows, and overlooked details and bring marginalized content to the foreground.

My work has been exhibited and screened at Art in General and Momenta Art Gallery in NYC, The Contemporary Museum in Hawaii and internationally in Utrecht, Barcelona, Vancouver, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Tokyo. I have had residencies at Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, and at free103point9's Wave Farm in Acra, NY. My collaborative work with Brainstormers has appeared at Brooklyn Museum of Art and Bronx Museum of Art (a collaboration with Guerilla Girls) and received funding from The Puffin Foundation. I received an MFA from Hunter College and currently teach at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. I work and live in Philadelphia with my husband, son, and cats.

Please visit my soon to be updated website to see samples of my work.