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Mary DeVincentis

"I am fascinated by the stories we tell about ourselves and others and about the world. Whether myth or memory, imagined or experienced, personal or societal, our stories connect us to our core concerns, our deepest aspirations and the fears that we all have. I love the challenge of taking the essential elements of a narrative and creating work which both transmits and transmutes and brings something fresh and relatable to the viewer. 

Though the back-story of each painting is important to me, I want the viewer to be free to approach the work from their own individual perspective, from their own history and sensibility. I love it when someone finds something in my work that is new to me. Narrative is a structuring device for me, suggesting imagery, an emotional tone and a formal approach for each individual painting.

Striving for a dynamic tension between form and content in my work, I try to tap my most deeply available self to create work that strikes a chord of recognition in the viewer, as I believe that the idiosyncrasy of the personal, deeply and truthfully excavated can express the universal. I appreciate seeing indications of the artist’s physicality, their unique fingerprint, as evidenced in brush-stroke and mark-making. Paint is kin to skin, viscera, blood, mineral, plant and stardust."

Harbinger
September 2 - October 17, 2021