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Mary K. Weatherford


Mary K. WeatherfordArtist’s Statement

Taking cue from regional SoCal painting, craft, and cliche, my current work is a meditation on methods of representing the sublime, both high and low, both avant­-garde and kitsch.

Historically, the themes of my work have been the big ones: mortality and morality. The visual signs are light/shadow, obscured/evident, above/below, inside/outside. Sub-themes are painting, abstraction, representation, paint.

Recent images are a thicket of weeds, a cliff and outcropping of rocks, a cave, and a tangle of vines. Since I began exhibiting in 1989, I have used very simple imagery.

In 2003, after fifteen years of abstraction, I started drawing from life. Now I make many drawing on site. I use all of these drawings in the studio as source material for a painting of a single image. All essential subjects, all pursued in series.

Using the drawings as referent, I have been able to create paintings of formal and spatial power that break apart into kaleidoscopic pieces of color. Each painting is an attempt to give image to the seen and unseen in a metaphoric and literal sense.

Website: davidkordanskygallery.com/artist/mary-weatherford/

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions

2007
Sister, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL

2000
Debs & Co., New York, NY

Select Group Exhibitions

2008
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2006
The Trace of a Trace of a Trace, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY

2004
8 Artists, Acuna Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Cats, Acme, Los Angeles, CA

2002
The Stray Show, boom, Chicago, IL
Professional Expertise

2006
Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles

1986 – 1989
Gallery Director, Diane Brown Gallery

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 2006
Milton Avery School of the Arts

B.A., 1984
Princeton University

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