Featured Artwork: Mother Embrace by Kate Ahn. Available for purchase on Minted.com The importance of “tradition” in art. An outdated model. In reference to art, I believe “tradition” often acts as a stand in for “mythology” or “religion”. Art is often used to gauge the values of the era in which it was created. “Tradition” … Continue reading I was asked to write about “tradition” in art – then this happened.
I’ve been researching artists who aren’t from another century – I came across Mary Corey March. She’s visible on instagram, twitter, has a website and a blog where you can explore her work.
First – it’s jarring to find artists so close to my age who have done bodies of work that span decades… I’m knocked out of my frustration at coming to art late in life – I need a little shake up to remind me why I’m back in school getting a degree that no one understands. (what are you going to do with an art degree? can you make money doing that? how much will that pay?) Does no one understand that anyone who pursues art pretty much expects to be poor and subjected to constant criticism?
Damn, artists are serious badasses – I stand ready for your bullets of doubt and judgement – and then I do amazing, beautiful, imaginitive things that feed my passion and make me insanely happy. Try cashing that paycheck and go pooh-pooh someone else’s dreams.
Mary Corey March works with textiles and likes to make participants our of spectators. I connect with that – I’m going to school for this art degree because I want people to relate to art, to experience it and find that they have more facets than they thought.
2 Op Collective has their eyes on Mary March! Here are some examples of her work:
Q. Tell us about your work?
A. I work in many mediums and styles, but this is my favorite piece so far. Identity Tapestry is a Participatory Installation. Each participant selects a color of yarn (out of 300 some uniquely dyed skeins) to represent them. They then wrap the yarn around the identity statements they feel are part of their identity. Some of these are simple “I am a woman”, “music moves me” and some more hard-hitting “I have fought in a war”, “I have seen a someone dying”, and even “I have been raped”. As more and more people overlay the strands of their lives the interconnections and common human experiences become visible, forming a Tapestry of human identity.
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