Mary Wagner

September - November 2014

Artist’s Statement
I make machines to help me make drawings, gears moving inside gears help guide my pen. My drawing process is fluid, and the individual curves are deceptively simple but the drawings warm and complicate through repetition. Patterns pile on top of each other becoming value shifts and texture, dimension and movement. Sometimes the motion of the pen becomes less about any definite path and more about the disappearance of paper.

I want my art to appeal to a broad spectrum of viewers. There is a simple, optical pleasure in the work if you’d like to stop there. Beyond that, I instill connections to conceptual drawing practices, mathematics, particle physics, astronomy, baroque art, meditation, and other forms of repetitive devotional practice.

Artist Bio

Mary Wagner grew up in rural Wisconsin, the ninth of thirteen children. A favorite childhood activity was playing on the merry-go-round. Apparently she still has a fondness for going round-and-round as it is the central principal and action of her drawing practice. Her other creative endeavors include artist bookmaking, collage, and graphic design. Mary earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She lives, draws, and works as a freelance graphic designer in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest and is in private collections around the world.

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