Maria Colls

Maria Colls

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

About Maria Colls

I hand cut the designs, and as I carefully cut each piece away using a surgical blade, I find it fascinating how this technique exposes the design. There’s something very pure about turning the paper over and seeing the piece slowly reveal itself. My work is driven from my fascination of geometry, and how the environment encapsulates all of this through nature or urban structures. I have learnt the importance of how the negative and positive space interacts with each other. I also enjoy exploring the different measurement rules to create my designs. By building layers in three-dimension, it gives the paper an illusion of depth and movement. I have recently explored doing some commissioned work, which has widened my practice through new perspectives and skills. I love this medium, due to the opportunity for continued growth.


4 Sep 2017 Artist in Residence 6 months (Wellington)


2017 Small Sculpture Prize Finalist
2016 Small Sculpture Prize Finalist
May 2016 Sold to Wellington City Art Collection (New Zealand)
August 2015 InsideOUT, Matchbox Studios
March 2015 Art4Vanuatu, Bartley and Company Art
October 2014 Pablos Art Auction, The Great Hall, Massey University


2016 Just the Right White, Bartley and Company Art
2016 Independent Exhibition, Deluxe Café
2015 InsideOUT, Matchbox Studios
2015 Symmetry, Matchbox Studios
2015 In The House, Roar! Gallery
2015 Repeat Repeat Repeat, Matchbox Studios
2015 Negative Space, Matchbox Studios
2015 Twelfth Night, reSPACE
2014 Mince Pies, Roar! Gallery
2014 KAPOW!, Roar! Gallery
2014 Whakapapa, Roar! Gallery