Susan Martin-Maffei
Pandora Box-9 Spot Lady Bug-disappearing, 2018
closed box 14 in x 14 in x 4 in

Susan Martin-Maffei
Pandora Box-European Hornet-Invasive Species, 2018
closed box 24 in x 10 in x 10 in

Susan Martin-Maffei’s Artist Statement

Pandora’s Box Series: The human footprint has changed our natural world and affected animals large and small. Invasive species, disease, climate change, and disappearing environments endanger the balance of nature at alarming rates and to consequences yet unknown. There is beauty to be found in all things living and attention to its role in nature’s balance is crucial. This series attempts an awareness of both beauty and destruction.

Using the tapestry woven form of the simple tunic as a platform for human involvement each box contains references to its condition whether it be invasive, endangered, threatened, or on the decline. All animals are tapestry woven as well.

Susan Martin-Maffei
Pandora Box-Blue Jay- On Decline, 2018
closed box 17 in x 15 in x 8 in

Susan Martin-Maffei’s Biography

Susan Martin Maffei is an internationally known tapestry artist whose background includes art studies at The Art Students League in NYC, tapestry training at Les Gobelins in Paris, apprenticeship and studio work at the Scheuer Tapestry Studio, NYC, and conservation of antique textiles at Artweave Gallery, NYC. She has been weaving her work professionally since 1985. She has taught, lectured, and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has worked in both public and private collections.