Working as public Artist/ Teaching and showing in galleries
Received BFA from Kansas City Art Institute
MFA New York State college of Ceramics at Alfred University
Grants received are/ NEA grant/ Connecticut Commission on the Arts/ Missouri Arts Council
Major Collections / European Ceramic Work Center at Het Kruithuis Museum, S'Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands
Daniel Jacobs, New York, New York
Hope and Jay Yampol, New York, New York
I collect and invent images and put them together to connect them in a nonsensical way devoid of logic to find a new logic, a new story that comes from everyday life. I am not interested in words, the work is moved by the joys and tragedies of life. Impulses and improvisation are part of the work. underpainting, overpainting, canceling, adding, subtracting, editing until the final work emerges and reveals .........
Quotes below: "There are visually floating patterned decorative elements and various floriated forms with repeated stylized chrysanthemum-like florets, while that particular flower is itself, a culturally fluid symbol evoking lamentation, death, royalty, or happiness.”
The viewer is forced to create a relational dialogue within the work itself. Playfulness with meaning is apparent in her work with layers of information erased by disguising previous layers of painted glazes. Her work has been associated with modern painters such as Philip Taafe and Terry Winters ‘s biomorphic paintings.
New York Times art critic William Zimmer has written of her work, “One is reminded by the sprawling imagery of Jean Dubuffet and what he called “ Art Brut”; Magel’s work certainly is not in the tradition of ceramics as a decorative medium.”