The Near Far, May–13
Oil on Canvas
Original size: 48 x 60 in
Maggie Ayliffe’s recent work has developed out of research into the history and design of municipal parks in 19th century Britain. At the heart of the work is an interest in the ornamental gardens that characterise the 'people's park'. Here is an attempt to construct a truly democratic space - impossible of course - in which the different languages of painting/planting act as a social and political metaphor.
Ayliffe is the Fine Art Course Leader at the University of Wolverhampton. She studied at Hull and Manchester. Recent collaborations have been with Dr Alistair Payne, Glasgow School of Art and Brendan Fletcher, University of Salford under the title 'Conversations in Painting'.