Carefully constructed geometrical compositions, subtlety of lines, combination of materials, contrast of ‘natural’ and ‘synthetic’ colours and repetition are a few ways of how one can describe the work of Maxine Attard. All of the above however, are only some elements that she begins with each time she starts a new work. Overall, the urge to produce such work stems from Maxine’s constant preoccupation with the insignificance of human existence in the face of the sublime. As a result, her work tackles the void, the nothing and the constant search for meaning through the repetition of mark-making, the order of geometry and the minimal palette of colours and compositions.
Maxine Attard (b.1986, Malta) is a visual artist and a graduate of the University of Brighton, U.K. (MA Fine Arts, 2011) and the University of Malta (History of Art, 2008). Attard works in multiple media including works on paper, works on wood and site specific installations. Attard has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has had solo shows in Malta – In Between Obliterations at The Mill supported by Gabriel Caruana Foundation (2017) and commissions – Inhabit commissioned by Pjazza Teatru Rjal and funded by the Malta Arts Council (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Bodyless, at the Maritime Museum, Birgu, Malta (2016) and Mediterranea 17, Young Artists Biennale, Milan, Italy (2015). Her work is held in a number of private collections. Attard taught art practice and theory as an assistant lecturer at Mcast Institute for the Creative Arts, Malta (2012-2014).
2017 In Between Obliterations, The Mill, Gabriel Caruana Foundation, Birkirkara, Malta
2016 Bodyless (group exhibition), Maritime Museum, Birgu, Malta
2015 Mediterranea 17, Young Artists Biennale, No Food's Land, Milan, Italy
2015 Divergent Thinkers, Valletta, Malta
2013 Drawings, solo exhibition, Art..e Gallery, Gozo, Malta
2013 DUKEOFEDINBURGHHOTEL Room 36, group exhibition, Sentinella, Citadel, Gozo, Malta
2012 Religionis Violenta - KGB-Projects in association with the London West Bank Gallery, London - Group Show, U.K.
2012 iconoKLASTI, collaborative exhibition, Gozo, Malta
2012 Resting Place, collaborative installation, Nadur Parish Church, Malta
2011 Down to the Essentials, work exhibited in a collective exhibition, Riverside Gallery, Richmond, London
2011 Enabling Excessive Restricting Essential, collaborative project, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, England
2010-2011 a series of 2 exhibitions, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, England
2010 Analysing Time in Vista, group exhibition Gozo, Malta
2009 Heritage at Risk, group exhibition by Heritage Malta, Palazzo Vilhena, Malta
2009 The Carmelites, solo exhibition, Carmelite Priory Museum, Malta
2012-2014 Assistant Lecturer at Mcast College of Art and Design, Malta
2016 INHABIT, public sculpture commissioned by Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, Malta
2008-2010 Artist-in-Residence at Carmelite Priory Museum, Mdina, Malta