Bio & Artist Statement
Margo is a visual artist who engages in printmaking, collage and installation. She holds an MFA from Concordia University in Montrèal, Quebec and a BA in Studio Arts from University of Hawai'i at Hilo. She was raised on Hawai’i Island and has had the opportunity to travel internationally throughout her life, exposing herself to art making practices outside of the Western canon. Her works have been exhibited in venues such as Second Street Gallery (Charlottesville, VA), The Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center (Honolulu, HI), Parisian Laundry (Montrèal, QC) and most recently at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA).
In my work I have established an iconic language inspired by the rural Hawaiian landscape, where the ‘wild west’ of American myth is here pushed to the edge of westward expansion. Utilizing collage, print media, installation and animation, this iconography populates surreal geographies of beauty, color and line in an ongoing personal narrative of an intruder in a secret garden. Using the allegory of landscape, I explore notions of displacement, vulnerability and authenticity as well as my relationship to natural and super natural worlds; drawing attention to the complicated triangulation of relationships between man, land, and animal and notions of freedom, invasiveness and belonging.