Maria Ferreira

Venezuelan born and Portuguese native, Maria Ferreira is an interdisciplinary artist practising across a range of media including digital video, photography, and installation. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design as a double major in Film/Animation/Video and Graphic Design. She is currently working as a graphic designer in New York City and is continuing her work with Chemical Crystallography at Bart Khar's research group in NYU's Department of Chemistry.

Using technology as a lens, Ferreira searches the vast wilderness of her material world for spaces imperceptible to the human mind. Her work magnifies the peculiar visual patterns found across microscopic and macroscopic landscapes and exposes their synchronous rhythms. Through her experiments with color, form, motion, sound, and the tactility of light, she aims to construct new ways to see and interpret the world by deliberately blurring the line between the physical and the abstract. Ferreira's process combines extensive research with the meticulous collection and construction of imagery sourced from publicly available databases and other unique scientific visualization techniques.

Upcoming screenings and exhibitions:
GLAS Animation Festival California, March 2018
Festival International d’Arts Numériques France, March 2018
Flatpack Film Festival United Kingdom, April 2018
Good Aesthetics Go To Heaven Exhibition New York, April 6 2018
Indielisboa Film Festival Portugal, April 2018
Melbourne International Animation Festival Australia, June 2018


Via is the result of a year long investigation into how we connect with the material world through digital images. Consulting with a Remote Sensing Scientist, I studied macro-geographic visual structures and surveyed the earth digitally while collecting thousands of images.  This film features imagery collected through Google Street view from seemingly infinite one point perspective roads from all around the world as well as digitally manipulated satellite photographs found through Google Earth and the United States Geological Survey Database.