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Sullied Atlantic 13 & 8: Nautical Perspectives Exhibition May 2016

Mary is an abstract painter based in the South of England. She studied fine art at Leeds and later juxtaposed working in arts education with completing an MA in Visual Theories at the University of East London. The notion of theory juxtaposed with studio practice has continued to influence her work, and of late has inspired a recent collection of work where she has appropriated Julia Kristeva's notion of abjection, by placing it within the realms of ocean toxicity and the death of the ocean.  Her work is large scale, she herself has said "Within a larger space, I feel able to explore in greater depth the orchestration of something that is always larger than myself, in terms of experience. A sense of one's place in the world can be realised in relation to the scale of the work".   Her paintings unfold via a process of layering. The acrylic base layer, when dry, has several  layers added using pigment to evoke tranluscence and light. It is a give and take process wherein an intial starting point may change according to the process of the manipulation of the paint. Her work is a juxtaposition between the response to our oceans predicament, the manipulation and fluidity of the materiels, and the actuality of painting. For Mary, paints fluidity reflects the transient and ever changing layers of our oceans and seas. She works in a series of collections that address not only the varied problems facing the future of our oceans, but the seduction and application of paint as an entity in itself.


DECEMBER 7th 2017: CORNFORTH GALLERY AND STUDIOS NEWBURY. Christmas Salon Exhibition: December 7th - December 23rd

SOLO EXHIBITION: February 2017: ONCA GALLERY BRIGHTON: SULLIED SEAS: 16th-26th February: This was the first solo exhibiton and an exciting experience. The exhibition,  Sullied Seas  addressed ocean toxicity. Workshops and talks ran alongside the exhibiton. On 23rd February, there were talks from myself and also the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. See ONCA GALLERY website for details of what events supported the exhibiton. Also my news page on

November 2016: BRICK LANE GALLERY: RURAL VS Urban: 10th-20th  November  with - Emanuele Basile, KreaSteve, Mark Franklin, Pascal Fessler, Ronni Ravon Glucksam, Zephyra Vun, Mary Eighteen

August 2016: SUGAR AND SPICE : Curated by Plastic Propaganda:St Katharine Dock: London. 21st August - 4th September with - Simon Brewster, Ros Burgin, Russell Coleman, Deborah Croftes, Karen Doyle, Jackie Duckworth, Susam Eyre, Ryan Everson, Mourle Ferryman, Josephine Harvatt, Justine Johnson, Sarah Needham, Ruth Packam, Clare Smith, Jacqueline Talbot, Ian Vines, Jane Walker, Sally Ward, Mary Eighteen.

May 2016: NAUTICAL PERSPECTIVES: Exhibited with Plastic Propaganda. Devon House St Katherine Dock. London with -  Mira Andres, Anya Beaumont, Simon Brewster, Richard Brooks, Mandy Broughton, John Butterworth, Lizzie Cannon, Richard Clarke, P oppy Clover, Anjula Crocker,  Deborah Crofts, Robert Lee Davis, Jackie Duckworth, Lisa evans, Emma Finch, Liesha Jane, Linda Lieberman, Jez Giddings, Lucy Gresley, Mark Howland, JF Masson, Sarah Needham, Victoria Paquino, Peter Sainty, Angela Smith, Clare Smith, Vinnie Stapley, Marion Stuart, Dani Tagen, Ian Vines, Sally Ward.

ONGOING: Collaboration with a UK based Multimedia artist, who has an interest in Science and the Anthropocene.  Working on The Ocean as Abject,  a proposed exhibiton exploring the death of the ocean.  Julia Kristeva's essay Powers of Horror, perpetuates the abject as juxtaposed with human trauma. This exhibition appropriates Kristeva's abject, placing abjection within the realms of ocean toxicity. The exhibiton proposal also explores this dilemma by placing video alongside painting as installation. This is  to explore the frame as well as the artwork in relation to oceanic ajection.


2018. ARLINGTON ARTS: INSIGHT EXHIBITION: Saturday 12th May - Sunday 3rd June 2017

2018. COVER TO COVER: WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM: Exhibition of Artists sketchbooks. Date to be consolidated

2018: OPEN STUDIOS: West Berkshire and North Hampshire. My Work will be represented by CORNFORTH STUDIOS

2017: ABSTRACT:  BETWEEN SEDUCTION AND DEFILEMENT: A VISUAL ENCOUNTER WITH ABJECTION VIA CONCEPTS OF  FRAMING WITHIN PAINTNG AND VIDEO is accepted for participation  with  the University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania this October 2017. The Abstract is a proposal for the exhibiton The Ocean as Abject (see




2017: ON SULLIED SEAS. 22ndAugust 2016 March

2016: EXOTICISM< INDIVIDUALISM AND THE AESTHETICS OF DIFFERENCE, in SUGAR AND SPICE an exhibiton of contempoary art and culture (catalogue) August 2016


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