ARTIST FOR THE AMAZON
Raised in Botswana I grew up among the diverse flora and fauna of Desert and Delta. But it wasn’t until I visited the Amazon for the first time in my late twenties, that I truly understood what diversity means. I have long had an eye for small organisms, hidden things thriving in unexpected places and from the moment I stepped off the wooden boat that had brought me upriver I knew I have found a new place to call home. Within moments I had seen a frog the size of my thumbnail shaded under a leaf, countless fungi sprouting through the dense undergrowth, trees defended by thorns as big as my fist and the sound of birdsong and howler monkeys. This was the place I wanted explore, record and defend.
About Maisie McNeice
Maisie McNeice is an interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, drawing and installation.
Much of her work has a deep connection with nature and is crafted using foraged natural materials. She makes her own mineral pigments and inks from rocks, clays and plants, and incorporates organic structures, human artifacts, and animal track impressions in her installations.
Themes related to conservation and the integration of art and science are central to her artistic practice. Maisie was raised in a lion research camp in Southern Africa and has worked at several biological research stations in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. Recently she has been collaborating with Peruvian reforestation centre Camino Verde as a botanical illustrator, and is experimenting with indigenous European flora from her home in rural Italy.