Maggie Ayres

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Newsletter - May 2010

So many months have passed since my last newsletter - it does seem like a very, very long time ago.

First let me start by saying, a deep heart-felt thank you for all your kind words of sympathy and support, that have been sent since the death of my mother last September. I was deeply touched.

Over the winter I did lots of thinking and planning, and eventually began creating work again in February.

I have lots of ideas again, but made a big decision to make few exhibiting commitments for this year.

My main focus now is to make a new body of work, which I have been building in my head for quite a while. Those of you who have been familiar with my art for some time, will remember I take my inspiration largely from the notion of social constraints, and how they can impact on personal memory and experience.

Moving on, it seemed very natural to me to follow that emotional and psychological shaping with notions of bodily constraint and manipulation.

I am looking to develop these themes using more sculptural techniques, including constructing corsets. Needless to say my approach will not take a conventional route, as my emphasis on texture will doubtless make itself felt.

More to come on this in future newsletters as the work develops.


Spring Fling 2010

As in the past 2 years, I am taking part in SW Scotland's annual open studio event, Spring Fling -

This year I am studio number 27, in the SOUTH region.

The event takes place from Saturday 29th May until Monday 31st May from 10.30am to 5.30pm daily, with later opening until 7pm on the Saturday.

I will be featuring some of the new works on these ideas of "acceptable flesh".

I hope you will be able to make it along, and if we have not already met, do please take the time to introduce yourself.


Staring Back - an exhibition of portrait photography by my husband, Kim Ayres

It would be remiss of me if I passed up the opportunity to at least mention my husband's exhibition of portrait photography, which is taking place at the Mill on the Fleet, in Gatehouse of Fleet, SW Scotland, ( throughout the month of May.

His theme, Staring Back, challenges the conventional approach of soft focus, smiling or wistful looks. Rather than smoothing out the wrinkles in the style of all contemporary magazines and adverts, he instead accentuates the landscapes of the face.

For more information, please visit his website at:


Upcoming Newsletters

Spring Fling is of course dominating my activities at the moment, but once it is past, I hope to resume a more regular output of newsletters, including prints, videos and insights into techniques, thoughts and processes.

In the meantime, thank you all once again for your understanding and patience.


Questions and Comments:

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Wishing you all the best until next time,



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