Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Under Which

"Under Which #1", 4.5"x6.5", acrylic, Duralar on paper,  2012 copyright Mary Zeran,



"Under Which #3", 4.5"x6.5", acrylic, Duralar on paper,  2012 copyright Mary Zeran


"Under Which #2", 4.5"x6.5", acrylic, Duralar on paper,  2012 copyright Mary Zeran

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mexico+Art+Inspiration

"What Does it Mean to Believe?", 19"x25"x1" framed, acrylic, Duralar on panel, 2012 copyright, Mary Zeran

At the end of April,  Jeff and I had the chance to go to Oaxaca.    Something I love about Mexico is the color and the rich craft tradition. Oaxaca is know for weaving and embroidery. 



Part of our trip was a visit at the home of a family of weavers.  This family  has been working in this tradition for over 4 generations.   Labor is divided between the sexes as: the women spin and card the wool.  The men do the weaving.  The explanation for this was that women are more sensitive and gentle, men do everything by force.  I'm sure all the feminists out there are thinking a lot of things at this point.  I have some opinions on this subject but...will come back to that at another time.






The colors come from plants, minerals, and even spices. To see more fantastic photos, go to this link.  Not only did I find delight in the colors but, also the lines and forms created by the materials.

I have collected Mexican pottery for years.  In graduate school I was very focused on the idea of  bowls....as vessels...as universal solution (is there a culture that doesn't have some sort of bowl)...as a metaphor...as a gesture....simple yet elegant.

If you hold your arm straight out and draw a bowl in the air,  it can be a wonderful feeling.  There is something about that movement that makes me feel expansive,  pushing out beyond borders,  stretching to things I don't comprehend.




The notion of spinning, thread, yarn, and sewing has always been an imageI am fascinated with.  As a child, I was taught to sew at a very early age.  My gramma was always doing some sort of needlework.  Passing down a family tradition can be like transferring ways of doing things,  cultural values, or even ways of looking at the world.

A stitch in time...
The thread to the story..
Spinning yarns...

are such wonderful metaphors.  
Not only do  they verbally  reference our personal history.  
They describe the act of tying ourselves to our ancestors...The thread.  

The rich visual when I hear those phases says so much about connectedness.  
And leads me to ask the question:
Is the act of weaving  a way of combining all the different parts, 
and personalities of a family into a whole, single, stronger element?  
Perhaps....



Right nowI am focusing  on color, line, and form.  As I explore these compositional elements.  I'll be thinking about the metaphors of threads, bowls, and the movement..



Monday, June 4, 2012

"In Extremis"

In Extremis, 36"x48"x2", acrylic, Duralar on cradled pane,l 2012 copyright Mary Zeran


Small Chances, 24"x24"x2", acrylic, duralar on cradled panel, 2011 copyright Mary Zeran



Downward Motion of Air, 24"x24"x2", acrylic, duralar on cradled panel, 2011 copyright Mary Zeran

There is something seductive about working with the natural wood.  
How the rhythms, patterns, and motion, mirror the organic forms I create.