In sum forms, Maltese engages the visual senses, employing techniques reminiscent of optical art. She conjures illusions of movement and vibration through paint handling and composition alongside the subtle nuances that reveal her roots in sculpture. Her paintings masquerade as still lifes; hypothetical objects suspended in view. In this new body of work Maltese investigates controlled confrontations between painting and sculpture. She uses repetition and patterning to assign significance to simple forms.