Hilarie Mais was born in the UK and lives and works in Sydney. Her work is characterised by a deep interest in the grid and its expressive possibilities. She makes abstract constructions and paintings that merge the formal structure of the grid with an interest in more organic forms found in nature.
Mais has been making work since the 1970s, influenced in part by her interest in the history of abstraction – in particular mid-20th century English constructivism, as well as later American minimalism including the work of Agnes Martin.
Mais’s work brings together formal geometry with biological and cellular structures to generate subtle visual experiences that are broadened expressively through the highly personalised application of paint. As such, the apparent formality of her works is undercut by emotional truth and underpinned by an organic and intimate sensibility, whilst the handmade quality of the works functions to personalise, even ‘feminise’ abstraction.
This exhibition brings together and presents a range of key works by Hilarie Mais made over the last decade.
The exhibition is co-curated by Blair French and Manya Sellers
Tour the exhibition with our volunteer guides and discover art, artists and their hidden stories, free tours of Hilarie Mais run daily.
Featuring artwork guides with extended texts, audio and video with artists and curators, plus playlists to the collection by local musicians, this is your FREE guide to the MCA.
Hilarie Mais made the first of her Tempus works in 2006, producing seven subsequent works in the same series at roughly regular intervals through to the present.View More
Anthony Bond OAM
Although at first it appears abstract or even minimal, Hilarie Mais’ work has a human presence that it is often autobiographical.View More
Hilarie Mais’ practice is focused on the infinite possibilities of the grid. Over her more than 30-year career she has continually reinvented this iconic modernist form through sculptures and paintings…View More