Margaret Inga Urías (née, Wiatrowski) is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist primarily using the medium of drawing to create engraved sculptures, site-specific installations, large-scale murals, constructed photographs and works on paper. Drawn to lost histories, concealed origins and imperceptible, forgotten connections, she is interested in conditions that entangle the past, the present, and the future–re-examining how we orient ourselves, not only in the immediacy of places around us, but also in the universe that maintains us. With a specific interest in the physical laws and circumstances that brought space, time, matter and beings into existence, she creates works that often function as trace narratives– following the story of the small, the coincidental, and the invisible, over vast stretches of time.
Margaret is a recipient of the Chenven Foundation Grant (2014), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2013), and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts (2011). She was a resident at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Residency in Ithaca, NY (2015) and the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of Art (2014). Her work is held in private collections in the U.S., and has been exhibited in galleries and venues throughout New York, including two recent solo exhibitions in 2016 and 2017, and through large scale public art commissions. Margaret studied at Barnard College, Columbia University (BA, 2001), and Pratt Institute (MS 2004).