Playground Art by Maggie Mills

Artist Maggie Mills‘ works portray a comfortable subconscious–a surrealism without threat–of thoughtful children in sparsely populated dreamscapes that derive from the outdoors, from sport, and from play.  Some of these take my breath away.  Thanks to reader Anna for sending in her work, along with the notice that Maggie has a show, called ‘Second Home’ until May 4 at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia.

The natural world has become a secondary home for most of us, with the developed world structuring our lives. The decomposition of nature and industry and the perceived fragmentation of time and space due to technology define our environment.  The young navigate these inherited spaces often with little guidance.

The Schuylkill Center acts as a second home for the children who attend its afterschool program.  Although the imposition of the man-made is measured and beneficial at the Schuylkill Center, humanity’s mark is present. These marks, made largely by adults, affect the spaces where children play, learn, and develop into future architects of the environment.  In Second Home, this narrative is articulated through the deletion, expansion, or simplification of elements of the literal world.” – Maggie Mills, 2013

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