ROOTS ON THE ROW
P R O J E C T D E S C R I P T I O N
Roots on the Row is the 2019 public art project created for Salem Arts Festival. Made by local artist Maia Mattson, Roots on the Row is a collection of botanical weavings utilizing plants foraged and found in the Salem and the surrounding North Shore area. Mattson is an installation artist passionate about using natural materials in her work. Fascinated by the interchange between preservation and decay, she allows weather and time to effect her work offering an alternative lens to her botanical pieces. These weavings are fully biodegradable and will shift in color and texture as their season on the Row progresses.
I N S T A L L A T I O N L O C A T I O N
This series of weavings will be installed along the stalls of Artists' Row. Walking through Artists' Row
the community will have the opportunity to observe and experience the species of Salem up close.
A B O U T T H E A R T I S T
Maia Mattson is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer based outside of Boston. She creates site specific
work that engages the imagination and holds attention. She works with mostly natural materials, creating
immersive installations from humble materials. She has led many community workshops with students of
all ages teaching drawing, printmaking, and weaving. She is passionate about ecological design and the
connection between art and nature. Find more about her work at www.maiamattson.com