72-Year-Old Atlanta Artist Experiences Career Renaissance

''The Nursery,'' 2016. Oil on canvas by Maggie Davis.
Credit The Sandler Hudson Gallery
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Maggie Davis creates beautiful, colorful, abstract multimedia works. Think large panels and canvases of texture and shape that seem to ask you to listen – listen to the painting, listen to yourself.

Davis has called Atlanta home for some 17 years now, but she’s mostly remained a hidden gem on the local arts scene. She came of age as an artist in Florida during the feminist movement of the 1970s. Now 72 and working out of a studio at The Goat Farm, Davis is experiencing something of a career renaissance. The Sandler Hudson Gallery has signed her on for an exhibit called “The Fourth Wall,” running Dec. 16 through Jan. 28.

In an interview with Lois Reitzes on “City Lights,” Davis said that her relative obscurity and this renewed interest are at least partially by her own design:

“It takes a long time for some artists to find their voice through all of the challenges that we have, and to stand behind and say ‘I’m ready.’ I haven’t been ready. And I’ve taken the time intentionally, to just allow myself to develop the ideas behind the work.”

In the extended version (posted below) of their conversation, Reitzes and Davis discussed the evolution of her larger body of work, and the philosophy with which she approached the pieces in the Sandler Hudson exhibit.

The opening reception for “The Fourth Wall” is Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.Extended Version