While in residency at Artspace Maitz will continue work on the Molecule Project,
a work the artist has been developing with the assistance of University of Sydney Biochemistry Professor Anthony Weiss and Professor Peter Maitz of Concord Hospital Department of Reconstructive Surgery. Combining art, science and medicine with research into the rise of Green Party politics and the Australian mining industry Maitz’s work strives to generate social and cultural exchange between the parties involved in the production of her artwork.
Working in a variety of mediums Maitz maintains a focus on the social power of artistic practice. Her project Lady Musgrave Reef
(2002 – ongoing)
contains over 1,700 pieces of stylised (and often phallic) crocheted sea-coral-like forms. Created by a group of homemakers that Maitz recruited through magazine advertisements the work that eventuated uses ecological and scientific foundations to address issues of community, family and collective labour through an adept appropriation of a stereotypically feminine craft medium.
Maitz has exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States since the mid-1990s. She has previously visited Australia and in 2009 staged the group show A Perfect State
with Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams at ICAN, Sydney.