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Mary Grisey Statement

How do we understand, connect with and react to traces of the metaphysical? My work is about becoming, a process than encompasses both doing and undoing; energy goes into my materials and then there is a natural or simulated process of destruction. Transformation is central to my practice: a metamorphosis that reveals the ruin and beauty of both the body and the psyche. My works, unlike the products of conventional fiber practices, bear traces of my hand – bits of imperfect or unfinished warp and weft – and the inexact in execution, the ruinous state of these works points to my interest in the limits of the physical and preoccupation with the ethereal.

I am fascinated by the connection between the physical and metaphysical, and, in this vein; I take ancient mythology, metamorphosis, ruination and entropy as inspirations in my work. Like ruins, my works are only remnants of what was once whole; they are inscribed with traces of their previous life, death endured and the hereafter. My works embody these remnants that prefigure thought and feeling.