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 is currently a MFA candidate at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, NS, and holds a BA Double Honours, with majors in art history and studio art from the University of Saskatchewan (2015). Aralia is a co-director of BAM (Bridges Art Movement), a grassroots artist collective which cultivates arts and community in Saskatoon; the collective was a 2016 finalist for a Saskatchewan Arts Award.
Working primarily in painting and sculpture, Maxwell investigates sociological issues, including those of consumer culture. Often informed by the attitudes and stereotypes of her rural prairie 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 what lies ahead.
Aralia thanks and acknowledges the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their funding and support.