Beautiful Mess by Liz Maugans at Hedge Gallery
Alumna Liz Maugans (BFA ’89) has a solo exhibition titled “Beautiful Mess” on view at HEDGE Gallery, located in Cleveland’s 78th Street Studios. The exhibition opened on June 21 and will on view through August 2, 2019.
After thirty years making art, Liz Maugans is taking an inventory of her life and transforming her experiences into new print-based collage work and has used almost all repurposed materials to create her multi-layered work. The abundance of printed remnants, or what she refers to as “visual leftovers from her share of accumulated failures”, are the basis for many of her new pieces. These printed elements, combined with grocery bags, sympathy cards, letters, photos and other ephemera from her past and her family’s past, produce revelations for the artist and viewer that are both beautiful and painful.
Liz’s narratives as mother, wife and daughter surface in “Beautiful Mess” initiating commentary on parenting struggles, financial instability, declining health, changing/losing a job, aging and other curve balls life throws. After losing her mother, brother, and some very dear friends in the past year, Maugans is examining her role as an artist and the caretaker for their memories. Her poignant new work explores the emotional and psychological impact of life altering decisions and experiences; the covering up, the revelations, the recipes for living.
HEDGE Gallery is open late from 5-9 p.m. on Third Fridays. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Image: Liz Maugans, Girl-nica, collage, 2019