Aralia Maxwell grew up surrounded by hectares of grain fields under vivid prairie skies on a farm near Waseca, Saskatchewan, Canada in Treaty 6 territory. She holds an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2019) and a BA Double Honours, with majors in art history and studio art from the University of Saskatchewan (2015). Her work has been shown across Canada at venues which include: AKA Artist-run (Saskatoon, SK), Art Mur (Montreal, QC), and Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax, NS). Aralia is a co-director of BAM (Bridges Art Movement), a grassroots artist collective that cultivates arts and community in Saskatoon; the collective was a 2016 finalist for a Saskatchewan Arts Award.
Engaging primarily with painting, object making, and writing, Maxwell investigates sociological issues, including those of consumer culture. Often informed by the attitudes and stereotypes of her rural prairie settler upbringing, her work is inspired by topics relating to utopia, artificiality, gender, and nostalgia. Through intermixing past and present visual narratives, she seeks to gain a better understanding of where we came from and what lies ahead.
Aralia thanks and acknowledges the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their funding and support.