Mother and Child

Mother and Child, acrylic paint on canvas, 18" x 24"

Mary Swanson grew up in Rockford, Illinois and is the daughter of artist Lynn Webb.  Mary earned a BA in Secondary Art Education with a concentration in Painting at De Paul University in Chicago in 2006.  She currently teaches advanced art courses at Thomas Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Mary uses photography, graphic design, and painting to depict her inner emotions and lifestyle as a female, mother, and wife.  Her art explores the mental and physical aspects of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The artist tells us about her work:

"My artwork takes a critical view of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  In my work, I deconstruct the brain, everyday fears/struggles, and triumphs dealing with the disease.  I often depict myself as the main focal point and I play with abstract designs and marks to represent the theme of each piece.

My work is created using a variety of different techniques and media.  As OCD is not 'simple' in itself, I wanted to portray that in the creation of my work as well.  Each piece starts with a photograph taken by myself or an image found that has inspired me.  The image is then scanned or uploaded in to the program Adobe Photoshop and altered and/or collaged.  It is then manipulated further using the cutout filter giving a fractured look to the portrait.  The image is then hand drawn onto a canvas or board and painted with acrylic or spray paint.  At times I will find myself adding graphite and other pencil materials for additional texture and detail.

Although I use a variety of materials in each project, my methodology is consistent.  There may not always be material similarities between the different projects but they are linked through the process and the subject matter."

Mary Swanson's website

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on August 15, 2014

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