Maisie Chilton

Maisie Chilton’s Biography

Visual Artist, Poet
Arts Foundation Springboard 2021
My work, and the act of making it is an integral part of how I engage in the world, how I process my life. Art is the internalisation of the external and externalisation of the internal. It’s the language of my subconscious and without it I’m without a voice. This is what makes receiving this award so profoundly moving to me, it’s like someone really looking into you and saying “ I see you, I hear you,” and I think that kind of recognition is all anyone actually wants.

Maisie Chilton is a Waihōpai born, Pōneke based artist, poet and teacher. As a self-taught creative, she uses mahi toi as a means to address, process and heal the physical and mental tension caused by disability and repressed trauma. S

Maisie’s work speaks about other-ness – holding space for a range of experiences by exploring tensions in her own personal history. In her upcoming exhibition, Where Does It Hurt?, she uses art as therapy to unpack repressed trauma caused by sexual assault – a creative response that will undoubtably resonate with many across Aotearoa.

Maisie Chilton will be mentored by 2005 Arts Foundation Laureate Julia Morison ONZM

Julia Morison is an astonishing contemporary visual artist working across a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Based in Ōtautahi, Julia has exhibited extensively within New Zealand and internationally and has been the recipient of many key awards, grants and residencies.

Statement from selection panel: "Maisie is using poetry and painting to process trauma and disability and other-ness. It feels incredibly important to have someone who is using things for herself, but also for her community. Maisie has huge potential with her work, and the service she provides to her community is extremely important."