Maureen Seeba launched her career as an artist in the
late 1980s focusing on the plight of hostages in Lebanon
and Iran. Her work received much acclaim, including a
feature in a CBS documentary intent on bringing much needed
attention to the situation at hand.
A triptych of Seeba's, featuring head paintings of hostages,
is now displayed at the Chicago Peace Museum.
After attending the University of Houston, Seeba received
a full merit scholarship at the Glassell School of Fine
Art in Houston, Texas.
During the early 1990s, Seeba found herself compelled
by movement. She observed the fluid motion of rollercoasters
and began reading about particle physics.
"I've tried to think about painting in a kinetic way... from something flat, making something that could hold different views of the same image... a changing, tangible image... a picture that can become something else and involves the viewer in the creative process.
My approach has become more and more symbolic and minimal over the decades as I've progressed as an artist. While working, I'm constantly salvaging something previously discarded, putting together pieces of things, breaking things apart, thinking about atoms and spirits and how they intersect to create our fragile world." - Maureen Seeba
Her work, influenced by what she read, was displayed at an International Astroparticle Physics Symposium at the Houston Advanced Research Center in 1993, and subsequent exhibitions in Greece, where she was further influenced by Mediterranean art, specifically mosaics.
Having received numerous grants, she travelled throughout
much of Greece and Turkey, exhibiting her work and creating collages from various
materials and etchings.
Seeba began to develop Steel Mosaics™ while she
was working on a series of artist books and etchings during
the mid 1990s.
The technical and physical processes of etching and bookmaking
required multiple steps and layers. Seeba wanted to accentuate
the layering process in her work while making a painting
that could be touched and changed.
In 2009, through internationally known artist, Linda Vario, Maureen's work was introduced in Australia, where she is represented by David Hart Galleries and Gallery 2120.
Using steel, copper, canvas, glass, wood, ceramic, old clay book pages, industrial finishes and new media, the versatility of creating each unit allows Seeba to incorporate the artistic methods she loves: intaglio techniques, the disappearing art of hand printmaking, encaustic painting as perfected by the ancient Greeks, collage, al fresco painting, sewing, carving and many more.
Photography plays an important role in her work as well. Each composition that is recorded has a personal but deliberately ambiguous meaning. The camera allows her to recreate the painting/sculpture as a living thing, altering the image in infinite, digital ways.
"It's an artistic challenge to release control over the work's eventual composition, but in doing so, my reward is knowing that the viewers will choose tiles and panels meaningful to themselves. Then they will discover a live painting, one that changes in the light... or with the whim of the collector."
- Maureen Seeba