Maggie Ayliffe is a painter and a cultural theorist. Ayliffe’s work focuses upon questions of gender and the feminine within the broad field of visual culture. She is an experienced lecturer in both Visual Culture theory and Fine Art practice and is an active member of a wider research community – having contributed to numerous symposia and public debates.
Ayliffe’s artistic practice engages the relationship between the feminine and painterly abstraction. She has shown her paintings extensively in the UK. More recently she has participated in exhibitions in the Netherlands and St Petersburg. Situated as it is within ongoing debates around art and gender and the current role of abstract painting, her work has been reviewed extensively in the art and national press.
Christian Mieves is a painter and Senior Lecturer at Wolverhampton School of Art, UK. He received his PhD in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). Research themes in Mieves’ work to date have included the beach and other border spaces as metaphors for semantically uncertain fields. His paintings have been shown in exhibitions in Germany, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom
Recent publications include journal articles on Luc Tuymans, Dana Schutz, Peter Doig and the Beach in Contemporary Art. He has been co-editor of the special edition of the Journal of Visual Art Practice 9.3 (2010).He is co-editor of the book Wonder in Contemporary Artistic Practice (Routledge, 2017).