Artist Statement

My variety of subject matter has one thing in common, it tells a story. I am inspired by personal experience, my reaction to current events and pop culture. Thought provoking and sometimes humorous titles can give you clues as to what is going on in my paintings. However, people have made their own interpretation of the title and imagery, which sometimes surprises me. Some paintings could germinate from a photo I've taken ten years before. A photo can lie in wait for a while, a concept can float in and out of my daily life until something gels and I start sketching the basis of the painting. Often, an idea for a painting can be more spontaneous, yet the execution of that painting still takes time. Acrylic paint is my medium of choice on canvas, and an occasional mixed media style lets me express much more. I am torn between painting and the process of combining found and new objects. My paintings may take more time to create; my assemblage boxes are literally more spontaneous. Objects usually create a piece of art. I can also arrive at a title, and then construct the art from that concept. In any case the assemblage piece holds the same fate of telling a story.

Artist Bio

Hawaiian born (1955) Maggie Yee is primarily a painter, who takes full advantage of the creative possibilities that modern acrylic materials afford. Paint and canvas provide the ideal form of expression for her stream of ideas. Partly self taught, and West Coast educated, she has been expanding, rather than transitioning, into assemblage of various types. She has had group shows in Los Gatos, Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Oakland, Joyce Gordon Gallery, solo shows in Hawaii and California. After contributing many original collage works to Joe Cardella’s Art/Life” Magazine for seven years, it was time to launch “Folio 94, Conversation for Those Who Create” in Honolulu. A portable gallery style of hand bound images, 3-D design, and poems from 1992-1998. Opportunities to branch out into International Mail Art (Postal Art) arose in 1996. Explaining the natural attraction to Mail Art and assemblage, she comments, “At a very young age, I created quite a few assemblage projects, and invented various imaginary scenarios to accompany them. Not by accident, my abstract toothpick sculpture caught fire, long before Burning Man appeared.”


GROUP EXHIBITION Los Gatos, California 2012 It's Personal, Los Gatos Museum of Art Los Angeles, California 2010 Some Assemby Required, Craft and Folk Art Museum Oakland, California 2010 For Colored Girls Only, A Celebration of Women, Joyce Gordon Gallery San Francisco, California 2012 Tiny Show, Studio Gallery San Francisco Arts of the Pacific Show 2011 Tiny Show, Studio Gallery Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery 2010 A Place of Her Own, Driftwood Gallery Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery 2009 Delicious, Studio Gallery 2007 & 2008 Tiny Show, Studio Gallery 2007 Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery 2006 14 Helens Agree, Gallery with Pretentious Sounding Name Salvage, Studio Gallery Mischief-Character Based Art, Studio Gallery Santa Cruz, California 2013 Small Wonders, Santa Cruz Art League Best of Show: Furs, Flippers, Feathers & Fuzz, Pajaro Val. Arts Council Gallery 2011 Dia De Los Muertos VIII, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery Mi Casa es Tu Casa-Common Ground, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery Arts of the Left Coast, First Studio Group Show Multiples: Variation on a Theme, Pajaro Valley Arts Council 2009 A Look at Human Rights, SC Chapter of the United Nations Association Dia De Los Muertos, Museum of Art and History Mi Casa es Tu Casa, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery Some Assembly Required, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery Altogether: Collage/Assemblage, Santa Cruz Art League 2008 Collision, Mill Gallery 2007 Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Day of the Dead IV, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery 2006 Petite Treasures, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery Fashion Show, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Dia De Los Muertos III, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery 2005 Dia De Los Muertos II, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery 2004 Dia De Los Muertos, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery Honolulu, Hawaii 1998 Fashion Victim, Sisu Gallery Shaka Da Nu Uncensored, Sisu Gallery Shaka Da Nu, Queen Emma Gallery, Queens Medical Center 1997 Folio 94 Third Anniversary, Coffee Time Cafe The Contemporary Show, Waikiki Alana Hotel 1996 Folio 94 Second Anniversary, Waikiki Alana Hotel Day of the Dead, Not Only for Mexico (organizer and exhibitor) Turn the Page, Honolulu State Library Recycle Art 96, Honolulu Hale Sustaining Momentum, Natl. Organization for Women,Gallery on The Pali Twin Sister Illustrators Show, Waikiki Alana Hotel Renewal & Beginnings, Borders, Ward Centre 1995 Folio 94 First Anniversary, Gallery on the Pali Cargo Cult, Flux Studio Gallery Flux, Flux Studio Gallery Pauahi Tower VENTURA, CALIFORNIA 1985 - 1990 Design House Studio 83, Annual Fall Shows Buenaventura Art Association Ventura College Student Art Show, Ventura SOLO EXHIBITION SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA 2012 Le Cigare Volant 2002 X Cafe HONOLULU, HAWAII 1997 McHale Video Film Studio 1995 Tri Espresso Cafe Hon Blue 1994 Paul Brown’s Salon Verbano Restaurant 1993 Mary Anne George Steven Michaels Coffee Talk Coffee House VENTURA, CALFORNIA 1992 Ventura County Government Center 1991 Wheeler Hot Springs Restaurant, Ojai Double Tree Hotel Gallery Restaurant   ACTIVITIES 2010 - 2012 Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, Ca., member 2009 - present Asian American Women Art Association, San Francisco, Ca., member 2005 - 2007 Day of the Dead IV, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery, 1998 - 2012 Museum of Art and History of Santa Cruz, volunteer member 1994 - 1998 FOLIO 94 “Conversation for Those Who Create” Quarterly. A limited edition quarterly of original art and poetry. Publisher & contributor 1991 - 2000 ART/LIFE MAGAZINE, Monthly “Communication For The Creative Mind”, Contributing artist, International 1988 - 1992 Studio 83 artist co-op member Exhibiting and board member, Ventura, Ca. 1988 - 1990 Buenaventura Art Association, exhibiting member, Ventura, Ca. CONTRIBUTIONS 2002 Body Positive, Santa Cruz Aids Project, Michael Angelo Studio & Gallery 1994 Absolute Vodka Fund Raiser, Honolulu Club and Art Expo 94 and 95 1989 - 1992 Big Brother/Big Sister Art Auction Fund Raiser, Ventura, Ca. 1991 Art and Antiques for Aids Auction Fund Raiser, Ventura, Ca. PUBLICATIONS 2011 Santa Cruz Sentinel, Altar-ed Consciousness 2009 Art Week, Some Assembly Required 1997 Honolulu Star Bulletin, This Gallery Sits in Your Lap 1997 Honolulu Star Bulletin, Standing Up to the Fashion Police 1996 The Honolulu Advertiser, Artists Provide 'Shaka Da Nu' 1995 Honolulu Star Bulletin, 'Cargo' Stuff 1991 The Los Angeles Times, Art For Dinner


  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian
  • Painting