Maureen J. Ahern


Maureen Ahern’s as a contemporary artist whose work explores the ever-changing aspects of water and the variables of light, air, color and motion in nature, as well as in the human spirit. Her most recent work uses reflective materials. One of these is interference paint which only reflects about half of the light spectrum, meaning that blue paint looks blue, but also appears yellow—its opposite color on the light spectrum—when viewed from another angle. This property of the paint gives life to the work as the colors change depending on the light source and where the viewer stands. Quite a few of the paintings have bits of CD’s impregnated onto their surface. The reflective quality of this material amplifies the impact of the interference paint. You can see this effect in her art in this video which shows light moving across the painting’s surface. In addition to the video, this site also includes a slide show with other examples of the artist’s work. The paintings have been photographed from two different directions to illustrate the interference paint’s properties. Other media in these paintings include oil sticks, pencil, wax, nails and feathers, among other materials.