Luster, featuring new work by Arizona artist Mary Meyer, will be open in the Jewel Gallery alongside the 10×10 Exhibition & Sale. The Luster series is an ongoing body of work that features an evolution of cast aluminum forms originally hand sculpted in clay.
Open to the public January 17 through February 11, 2017, Luster will first open with a Members’ Preview Reception on Thursday, January 14, 6-8pm. Members of the Arts Council are invited to see some shows before the public, and also have the first chance to purchase works of art. A public opening reception for Luster will be held on Saturday, January 14, 6-8pm.
The series is inspired by our physical and spiritual connection to the natural world. Each aluminum form is unique, and has it’s own unique pattern that is repeated within the corresponding niche of the panel that houses it. The panels are comprised of layered wood that is hand carved, rubbed with graphite, and sealed. Each individual aluminum figure is suspended by a sewing needle; a symbol of the repetitious activity that is so integral to my art. The carvings/castings speak of life, growth, and the ubiquitous shapes, patterns, and symmetries that connect all living things.
Our environment continually becomes smaller, louder, less physical. But, we all come from a quiet place of origin; a seed, an egg, a womb. A simple place with no distractions that holds an internalized energy. My goal with this exhibition is to create a place of quiet radiance. A meditative space designed to evoke an atmosphere of stillness, reflection, and recognition.
About the Artist
Inspired by the study of natural form, mixed media artist Mary Meyer uses materials such as cast metal, wood, and found objects to explore the shapes, patterns and symmetries that connect us with all living things. She is a 2016 recipient of the Contemporary Forum Artist Award through the Phoenix Art Museum, and an alumni member of Phoenix artist collectives Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space and MARS Art Space. Her work is exhibited regionally and nationally, and represented in numerous private collections.
Her training as a sculptor began with traditional stone carving processes, and continued with a concentration in foundry casting methods. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, where she received the MFA Fellowship. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University, and has instructed workshops for the Visions Youth Program through the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Originally from the Midwest, Mary Meyer has lived in Arizona for 20 years. She works full time from her studio in Gold Canyon.