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Maria earned her BFA in painting while attending Florida State University in Tallahassee. In Tallahassee she became fascinated by images of infrastructure and in-between places, such as those around bustling Interstate 75, and the comparatively isolated Interstate 10, which together route the majority of the length of Florida. 

She is now pursuing an MFA in sculpture at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where the city structures and the people within them seem to interact as one organism, and identity is a delicate balance between individual and collective. In 2016 she took part in a Collaboration in Thomasville, Georgia at the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in the form of an outdoor, site specific installation combining their sense of dark whimsy, textile fetishization, and environmental consciousness. More recently, Maria’s work culminated in a solo exhibition entitled Whim and Want at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, and currently she is exploring the more finite structures that curate and fix memory within domestic spaces.