Artist Collaboration with Mary MacDougall
February 13th, 2018
Poepke’s new online backdrop is an art series organised by photographer Rafaela Pandolfini featuring Sydney based artist Mary MacDougall. We chatted to Mary about her work, the textures that inform it and her scientific, geological and ancient inspirations.
For someone who is coming across your work for the first time, how would you explain your aesthetic and theme of your work?
I’m primarily a painter and drawer but I like to work all kinds of materials to get unexpected effects. Textures are important to me and keeping the forms in my work mysterious. Sometimes I will abstract a figure or object and other times I will push automatic marks towards something more descriptive.
What are some defining moments in your work as an artist?
The first works I exhibited were on glass and then I moved to ceramic tiles. More recently I have shown drawings and developed artist books with an imprint in New York called Cooperative Editions. The biggest project I have completed to date is a commission for a tile mural in a house and later this year I’m having a solo show at ReadingRoom, a new gallery in Melbourne.
What or who influences your practice?
I am fascinated by the history of art and I hoard images from everywhere. I’m interested in art and architecture from the ancient world and I collect news, scientific and geological images. I guess I cast my net quite wide! I think a lot about collage and I am influenced by artists who can really animate their materials.
Images courtesy of Mary MacDougall and ReadingRoom, Melbourne. Mary MacDougall is represented by ReadingRoom, Melbourne
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