Margaret Hintz

When I went away to college at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I was immersed in a fast-paced, exciting urban environment; it was unlike anything I have ever experienced, seeing that I came from a small town. The initial spark of city life eventually wore off and I found myself deprived of everything that was familiar and brought me comfort. I became obsessed with capturing the beauty of the natural world and putting it in a space where it didn’t quite belong. I picked up an internship at the Field Museum, where I continue to practice the craft of taxidermy.
My work at the museum directly influences my work, and I am beginning to explore new fascinating mediums besides painting to channel my passion for the natural world. For example, my most recent endeavors include working with fibers: using embroidery, weaving, some knitting, and making “soft sculptures,” I can embody a more visceral take on living and breathing forms of nature.


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