We had the good fortune of connecting with Maeve Eichelberger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maeve, what’s been your favorite thing to do during quarantine?
My fiance and I are fortunate enough to be spending quarantine in Taos, NM with my family. My parents have some property so we have been building greenhouses, chicken coops and attending to the acequias (water ditches). We have kept so busy working outside the only real time it feels like quarantine is wearing masks and gloves on outings to the grocery store.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always considered myself a collage artist. When I first started my career I worked with the traditional method of layering paper and adhering to a surface. Now, almost 11 years later I have pushed the concept of materials; using Plexiglass for its contemporary and durable qualities, I print my photography to the plexi and build layers of images and texture to create a narrative. In the last 5 years I fell upon the realization that you can heat plexiglass to warp its original form. So now I sculpt plexiglass. My most recent context had been western life style- having grown up on a ranch in Colorado, horses and riding has always been a passion. This childhood pastime led me to creating saddles from plexiglass. As weird as a plexiglass saddle might sound, I love that I can take a seemingly rigid material, add color or etchings and create an elegant sculpture with visual narrative.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best freind was to come visit me in Denver, I would take her Red Rocks or the Bluebird for a concert, The Wolf’s Tailor for dinner, Call to Arms with the dogs for a beer, The Vance Kirkland Museum for decades of design exposure, and Pho 96 for the best Pho in Denver.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shout out to the Coors Western Art Show & Sale for 5 solid years of exhibiting, making forever friends and patrons, and pushing my creative boundaries every year. Without the support and guidance of the curator and staff my career would be in a different place. So grateful!