I was fortunate enough to have an excellent writer create a profile about me and my work for a show a few years ago. I can't think of anything that I could say that is more accurate or concise. So I present her profile of me below.
written by Kayla Goggin
Four decades as a visual artist and professor have made Margi Weir fluent in the intricacies of visual language. She writes in high-contrast pictograph, mixing contemporary and ancient symbolism to create patterned and highly ordered works. Her carefully chosen symbols are repeated and confined to their respective registers, communing with each other in their juxtaposition to create something more than a narrative: an exposition.
Weir’s work often draws comparisons to hieroglyphs and early Aegean ceramics with her devotion to highly structured and symbolic patterning. It’s unlikely that these allusions are accidental: Weir holds two Masters degrees in Painting (MFA in Painting from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MA in Painting from New Mexico State University),and a BA in Art History from Wheaton College. She currently teaches at Wayne State University as an associate professor of Painting and Drawing. One might call her an academic artist if the term weren’t so heavy with exclusionary politics. However, we can definitely say that Weir is a student of art history.
Currently, Weir is exploring her work through the digital medium. This choice has enabled her to create and blend patterns of increasing intricacies and opened up her palette to include a new spectrum of vibrant, high-contract color. Always unafraid of the bold and uniquely in-tune with the juxtaposing power of subtlety, Margi Weir has created an addendum to modern visual language that, we hope, will continue to expand for years to come.
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