My collages are depictions of what we all take for granted — houses, rooms and their contents. Viewing these scenes evokes memories and fantasies of what we know about houses and rooms, and these memories and fantasies become incorporated in our experience of the work. Some things are exactly what they appear to be, some things are not. These dwellings, their settings and contents, reveal the layers of mystery surrounding the lives of all of us. I use found materials placed in new contexts to ask questions about appearances and reality and to stimulate our imaginations about new possibilities.
Mary Welsh’s collages are made of found materials from art magazines, art books, calendars and end papers which are glued with acid free acrylic medium on birch or mahogany plywood panels that have been prepared with acrylic gesso. The work is sealed with several coats of clear acrylic varnish. The frame moldings are of a custom design manufactured exclusively for these works and each frame is hand-painted with acrylics in patterns and colors suited to the particular collage. The back of each work is sealed and the front is protected with ultravioletfiltering plexiglass.
Mary Welsh is a self-taught artist who invented her technique while traveling and studying on a two-year sojourn in England and France. Extensive travel and work in the major art centers of Italy, Portugal, Spain and Mexico have informed her style. Mary Welsh’s collages have been featured in one-person and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and abroad. These include the Vernissage Gallery and the 123 Fulton Gallery, New York City; The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT; The Rock-Wall Gallery, Washington D.C.; Top Brass, Inc., Chicago; The Miller Gallery, Cincinnati; The Lockerbie Gallery, Indianapolis; The Period Gallery, Nashville; Webb & Parsons, New Canaan, CT; The Sibley Gallery, Nantucket, MA; Brubaker Gallery, Sarasota; Clark Whitney Gallery, Lenox, MA; Etherington Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA; Albertson-Peterson Gallery, Winter Park, FL; Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT; Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, VT; The Dorset Gallery, Dorset, VT; and The Pilgrim Studio, London, England.
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