Maggie McDougall is an artist, educator, and community organizer currently living and working in Easthampton, Massachusetts. She has used my foundational skills as a painter and printmaker to expand my practice to encompass interdisciplinary formats including installation, fiber, sculpture, and social experiences.
After 3 years of serving as a Visual Arts Educator in Springfield Public Schools, in the summer of 2021 she collaborated with artist Grace Vo to establish Resilient Community Arts (RCA), a non-profit organization working to sustain efforts for social progress and equity through affordable arts programming. Her work within RCA has tied into my long-time passion to bring reform to the museum and gallery culture that historically has limited access to the arts as something that is typically created and consumed by privileged demographics.
Her personal artwork is also significantly influenced by social and political concepts, rooted in the belief that the personal is political. Her personal artwork has explored themes ranging from shame and the female identity, bodies, and trauma, healing under capitalism, queer identity, and survivorhood.
Since 2021, Maggie's work has been expanding towards a more imaginative, future-focused, experimental voice that has amplified my queerness and highlighted the joy found in natural forms.