Mary Hart

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Artist Statement

In this body of work, one set of prints is created from ink blots, dripped and poured, using chance as their design principle. The second set of plates was developed from precise ink drawings I made of individual “specimens” in my collection of objects. These objects are my touchstones, things I return to again and again. During the long hours of observing and drawing them, they become containers of memory, rich in metaphor. In these prints two different images interweave and overlap, seeking balance between the comfort of the familiar and uncontrolled chaos.

Brief Bio

I earned my MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College where I was the recipient of the Elaine de Kooning scholarship in painting. I have been a fellow at Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center and Zea Mays Printmaking and have received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Artist's Resource Trust. My work has been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, Simmons College, the University of Maine Museum of Art, and numerous venues throughout New England. I have taught art in Maine for 30 years to kindergarten through college, and am currently a visiting professor of Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Bowdoin College. My home and studio are in Portland, Maine.