Untitled</i>, from the "Altar series"<i>

Untitled, from the "Altar series", oil and acrylic on unstretched canvas, 48" x 61", 2012

Mary Laube was born in Seoul, South Korea. She received her M.F.A from the University of Iowa in 2012 and her B.F.A. from Illinois State University in 2009. She has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2009 she was the Illinois National Museum of Women in the Arts award recipient and in 2012 she received an artist grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Her work has been published in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, and has been featured on a number of online publications. Mary is currently the curator at The Times Club, an alternative exhibition space in Iowa City.

       My work is an investigation of loss, where the exchange between searching and hiding is continually at play. I am attentive to my own sense of urgency to preserve memory while simultaneously being aware of the impossibility of such an endeavor. Although my work suggests vacancy, art making provides me the opportunity to reimagine the void through an uncanny and sometimes painful confrontation with my own memories.
       I am fascinated with the history of paint as a medium that produces illusion. Through the juxtaposition of varying iterations of artifice, my paintings approach the peculiar relationship between representation and reality. Paint is physically real but sometimes poses as something else. The subject matter of my work is inseparable from its making and is therefore concerned with the implications of material. Gold paint, rhinestones, and faux wood grain are symbolic facades that represent a yearning for what is absent. Gold paint is not real gold nor is a rhinestone a valued gem. Despite playful overtones, these gestures suggest mourning and the attempt to compensate for what is lost.

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