Making woodblock prints helps me to slow down and take notice – promoting a state of calm and focus, a feeling of being at home.
People often comment that they are attracted to my woodblock prints because of the feeling of calm it emotes. Others connect with my work because of the places it might represent, or because of the colors.
Whatever has drawn you to my work, I’m glad you are here.
I learned the time-honored process of Japanese woodblock printmaking in Tokyo in 1998 and have been dedicated to these methods ever since.
This slow-going process from 17th century Japan allows me to feel more in tune with times past and present. It sometimes makes me think of our unique place in the whole universe, and I feel connected with a larger order.
I am honored to share my work and this message with you. Please browse my website and let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your interest.
Hancock, MI | Oct 6 – 31, 2020 | Solo exhibition at Copper Country Community Arts Center.
Floating World, the title of my solo woodblock print exhibition, is an homage to the 17th – 19th century Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e (floating world – pictures). Back then, the term floating world referenced the fleeting, or transient nature of all things. In modern times, floating world has been further interpreted to imply a state of being, or of ‘living in the moment’. This show will feature the above prints and many others from this series.
Because of COVID-19, there will be no reception party, but you can still come see it (with mask on) and I will be in the area all month.
“To write is human, to receive a letter: divine!” ~Susan Lendroth
Based in Michigan, Mary makes place-based woodblock prints reflecting explorations during her travels, artist residencies, and areas closer to home – the Great Lakes region.
Her work is in the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts and in many public and private collections worldwide.
* Original Woodblock Prints * Guest Lecturer and Instructor * Documentary Film * Greeting Cards *
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