Danica Maier is an Associate Professor in Fine Art and has taught across all levels in Fine Art from undergraduate to supervising research students. Currently Danica coordinates the Summer Lodge, a unique model for practice-based research and research led teaching as part of the Fine Art department at Nottingham Trent University. The Lodges each have a distinct and complementary identity, aimed at creating different kinds of energy and focus for stimulating research practice.
Danica Maier is a practicing artist and academic who is invited to participate in national and international exhibitions, international research residencies and partnership projects. She has previously taught on the Postgraduate Textile course at Goldsmiths College, the Undergraduate Painting Department at the University of Delaware as well as being invited guest speaker at many other international institutes. In past years she was workshop co-ordinator at London Printworks Trust and studio assistant at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Danica's current research interests are in the un-repeating-repeat, the glitch and line, while using subtle slippages and moments of detail to transgress propriety. Her work takes the form of drawing, installation, sound, music and 3D assemblages. Exploring dualities of material and site, she also explore ideas of expectations, traditional values, ‘women’s work’ and labour.
Using site, found object or image as a starting point, materials and events work towards a collapse, pushing beyond the seemingly original intention. Danica's work uses subtle slippages and moments of detail to transgress propriety, playing with the macro and micro of the work. Veiled details can be found within, requiring the viewer to spend time with the work in order to encounter these hidden moments. Once seen these subtle transgressions compel the viewer to think twice about the expected norm they see around them every day.
Danica Maier is co-lead with Andrew Bracey (University of Lincoln) on a long-term research project Bummock: New Artistic Responses to Unseen Parts of the Archive. (www.bummock.org) Through artists’ residencies this project seeks to investigate, research and use unseen parts of archives as catalysts for the creation of new artworks, while exploring the development of a ‘control rummage’ methodology for researching the unseen/unknown. Bummock completed a pilot project (ACE funded) working within The Lace Archive held at NTU with an exhibition and symposium held at Backlit Gallery (Jan/Feb 2018). In October 2017 the project started a three-year artists residency (ACE and artsNK funded) within the Tennyson Research Centre with public exhibition event in Summer 2019 and final exhibition at The Collection Museum, Lincoln in Spring 2021.
Maier is part of the Returns project with Andrew Brown (NTU), Joanne Lee (SHU) and Christine Stevens (The Clay Studio at Primary). An established collective of artists who have sustained a dialogue across the last 5 years. Currently, Returns have yearlong ACE funding for a ‘return’ to Stoke-on-Trent focusing on the site of the former Spode ceramics factory within the post-industrial context of Stoke-on-Trent. The group is interested in the problems and possible futures of post-industrial cities and their communities, and in the role of making and craft skills therein. Returns formed out of and links back to the international partnership project Topographies of the Obsolete. http://topographies.khib.no/
Working with composer Dr. Martin Scheuregger on a new project Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity, to bring together shared interests of the disrupted repetition, the glitch and line. Newly developed graphic scores are explored with a small ensemble of musicians to create a multichannel / ensemble piece incorporating both musician and recording (vinyl). This work that will function as installation/performance, sculpture/event, live/object that will be shown in exhibition venues and concert halls.
Maier is co-director for The Broadcaster; an exhibition venue consisting of two permanent notice boards located outside converted Chapels in villages in rural Lincolnshire.
She also co-ordinates the No Telos research project which seeks to explore the journey of artistic process rather than outcome.
Sponsors and collaborators
- Sarah Bennett: Kingston University
- Andrew Bracey: University of Lincoln
- Andrew Brown: NTU
- Lucy Renton: Kingston University
- Joanne Lee: Sheffield Hallam University
- Martin Scheuregger: University of Lincoln
- Christine Stevens: The Clay Studio Primary
- Dr. Sian Vaughan: Birmingham City University
- Dark Inventions
- Tennyson Research Centre
- The Lace Archive
- Arts Council England
- Arts NK
- Maier, D., 2018 Bummock: The Lace Archive, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham
- Maier, D., 2017 There but Different, Cornerstone Gallery, Hope University, Liverpool
- Maier, D., 2016 Midpointness, group exhibition Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
- Maier, D., 2016 In return, Sheffield Institute of Art, Sheffield
- Maier, D., 2016 Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line, monograph, London, Black Dog Publishing
- Maier, D., 2015 Forsaken Decoration (book chapter), edited by Anne Helen Mydland and Neil Brownsword Topographies of the Obsolete: Site Reflections. Stoke on Trent: Bergen Academy of Art
- Maier, D., 2015 Returns, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
- Maier, D., 2014 2nd Supper Redux, Terry O’Toole Theater,as part of as part of the Creating a Scene exhibition, held and organized by the National Centre for Craft and Design. In Collaboration with The Postmethodist’s art group
- Maier, D., 2014 Stitch & Peacock, The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery, Lincoln
- Maier, D., 2014 Kaunas Textiles Biennale: Unitext. Edited by Dovilė Stirbytė, published by NGO Kaunas Biennial, Kaunas, Lithuatina
- Maier, D., 2013 Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void. England: Topographies of the Obsolete Publications. Editors Anne-Helen Mydland and Neil Brownsword Stoke on Trent: Bergen Academy of Art
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