Maggie Ellis (b. 1991, Atlanta, Georgia; lives and works in New York. MFA Hunter College 2017, BFA SCAD 2014.) Ellis’ works are anthropological observations that are rooted in her rural Southern upbringing, but now focus on her life in New York. An unflinching observationalist, Ellis’ subject matter oscillates between the pleasant and innocuous to the voyeuristic and disconcerting. Ellis likewise commands her stylistic repertoire and painting technique to suit each composition, ranging from photorealistic precision to frenetic, Goya-esque strokes around some of her more ambitious depictions. Ellis explains that the current political climate has created division between her and the people she grew up with in rural Georgia. She describes her work as a way for her to stay curious about the beliefs and opinions of others rather than rejecting and removing herself from that culture.