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Visual  Artist

MARY
WALLACE

    



....making art is my passion. I reinvent the world around me with colour and texture....


I have been painting for almost twenty years. In that time I have developed a unique style which is vibrant and contemporary.


Inspiration comes from ordinary things; a simple tea bowl, a flower, a hen, a fish... to create exquisite tea bowls with golden cracks, majestic moon jars with golden seams, exotic fruit, flamboyant hens, cockerels and other creatures.


Intrigued by Japanese culture, my work is influenced by concepts like wabisabi, seeing beauty in imperfection, and kintsugi, the repair of broken porcelain using gold.  The Precious Bowls and Moonjars evoke the idea that although broken and mended, their intrinsic beauty remains, the flaw is enhanced and given respect, and preciousness restored.


The work has a surreal quality.  I have brought together the simplicity found in nature and my beautiful kintsugi bowls.  I am so excited and can't wait to show you.

Wabi -  rustic simplicity, freshness, quietness or understated elegance.
Sabi - beauty or serenity that comes with age, patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.


Have you noticed the unusual materials I use?  I relish using ancient art medium like wax encaustic, egg tempera, gold.  Sumptuous pigments suspended in beeswax paired with pure gold makes for an opulent visual experience don't you think?  Working with gold leaf is such a delicate affair.  It requires patience and practice to place that filigree just as you want it.  Sometimes I feel it has a mind of its own as the gentlest breath can cause it to flicker and fly away! 

                                                                                                                                                                                       November 2018