Margaret Penney is a multi-disciplinary artist, graphic and font designer. She draws inspiration from numerous sources, which range from Belgian disco to Greek and Roman mythology to Ukrainian folklore. The Florida-based artist’s work, which includes retro glam fonts, futuristic photo collages and generative digital paintings, has been shown at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum and the Morean Art Center. Her design and artwork have been featured at Mix Mag, High Like, Behance, Tumblr, Hyperallergic Labs, Yahoo France, La Reforma, XLR8R, and FACT magazine.
Currently her work is focused on digital collage and painting using a range of materials, including 3d objects, photography, illustration and typography.
Her net art projects included Dream7, a cyber-utopic virtual and multimedia dream space where the project DreamBase is also housed, a searchable and categorized interactive multimedia experience of 4000+ dreams sent by visitors to the site from the years 1999-2006. Dream7 mixed poetry, music, animation, interaction and graphics to create a liminal multi-sensory dream-like art experience online. At Dream7, she worked with electronic artists Duodecimo, Paul Stone and Rupert Cogan. Other projects included ILUVU.TV, home of the TV Oracle, where visitors can receive readings based on wisdom from television shows plus a real personality profile based on TV character archetypes; and DiaryU, a fiction experiment in believable doppelganging, where she authored six live journal accounts whose characters interact with one another in life-like personal dramas. She is an originator of what is now called the Net Art ‘New Aesthetic’ and continues to explore what is possible for media-based art practices.
Margaret was born in Beirut Lebanon and spent her childhood overseas in North Africa. She has a Bachelors from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. She launched her freelance studio hellocreative.co in 2006 and sells art prints and type design via hellomart.co.