Acrylic and found paper on wood panel

24″ x 18″

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Mary Mocas archives time and place by collecting material from the cities she visits. By using the artifacts of her travels in her work, material and process navigate place. She is an outsider and a wanderer, moving across the landscape, stealing a forgotten bit of it for my archive. She is only visiting, archiving these places in order to imagine belonging.

There are multiple layers to each story Mary tells. The present, the visible, the surface is most obvious, but there is also the past, the hidden historical formations. Her subjects are time and place. The deterioration and decay of the years are as unavoidable with the materials of her practice as they are inevitable with the places that she chronicles.

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