Biography

Mary is a native Chicagoan. She studied at the University of Illinois School of Art and Architecture but her studies were interrupted by a busy work life. Her artist soul was suppressed for years in a life of work and obligation only to rise up again through her journey of inner discovery. At the urging of her inner guide she began taking classes at the Lill Street Art Center and her creativity was unleashed. She extended her studies to Santa Fe Clay and La Meridiana International Center of Ceramics in Tuscany, Italy among the most notable of the learning experiences she regularly embraces to feed her awakened soul. Mary’s work has appeared at the Lill Street Studio, the 57th Street Art Fair (Hyde Park, Chicago) the Gross Park Sculptural International, a featured artist at Digitas and she has been recognized by the Chicago Tribune, awarded best of show at the Bucktown Arts Fest. Her art appears at Chicago Public Arts Group, Dakota Expressions and Blue Feather galleries. The core of her soul is connected to deserts of the Southwest, Native tribes, and indigenous cultures. As she best states, “I feel connected to them, I know them, understand them, embrace them and love them. As an artist that is where my creative mind dwells. It goes to the core and I let it be what it needs to be, what it needs to feel, what it needs to express at that time. The civilized being knows how to articulate with speech, the primitive being knows how to articulate with the soul. To me art is about the journey, it’s about healing. It is an outlet for the soul to speak.”

Artist Statement

Words are confining, my art is my statement. My work is visual, seeing, feeling, letting it stir the soul. It goes beyond the word, it is more primitive then the word. Art speaks from the core. Go out into nature, stand in the silence of the desert or up on a mountain cliff. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Can you hear it speaking to you? I can. The sky speaks in its beautiful sunrise and sunset, the ocean speaks through the water lapping on the shore, the wind speaks through the desert brush. It speaks loud and clear. But does it speak in clusters of constants and vowels? Not to me it doesn’t. But yet it speaks and I hear their voices and I feel connected to them, I know them, understand them, embrace them and love them. As an artist that is where my creative mind dwells. It goes to the core and I let it be what it needs to be, what it needs to feel, what it needs to express at that time. The civilized being knows how to articulate with speech, the primitive being knows how to articulate with the soul. To me art is about the journey, it’s about healing. It is an outlet for the soul to speak. Be it calm and serene or gut wrenching rage, anger or fear. An artists work is a history of their soul. I have chosen clay to sculpt in for the last several years. I like the natural connection of the material to the earth. To let my hands move and transform the clay into parts of the self and then gently hand it to the fire and relinquish control. I find the qualities of atmospheric firings, such as soda and wood firing very interesting. The material combusting with the flame, riding along the pieces in the kiln, affecting them and transforming them into what they will become is quite a metaphor for life itself. The pieces emerging from the kiln are not always what I my have envisioned but I embrace them and sit with them and accept them for what they are.