Description I was thinking of music when I created this photo. It is a photogram (objects placed on top of photo-sensitive paper and flashed under the enlarger in the darkroom) that a pushed a step further and played with it with Photoshop.
Mary Gow, San Francisco Area Member Since March 2012 Artist Statement Mary Gow loves to make things. She's enthralled with color, line, shape and form. Her mission is to create works that inspire peace, harmony and love.
Here's what some people have said about her work:
"Gow’s sense of design is particularly strong. Form and color are varied, and her placement of forms is fascinating. A lack of conventional beauty or prettiness also characterizes her work. While Impressionist painters such as Renoir, Van Gogh or Toulouse-Lautrec created their work to give visual pleasure, that isn’t the case with Gow’s art, which has a starkness that gives the pieces strength, as well as a feeling of directness — a sense of coming straight to the point without frills. The austerity also adds to the already startling quality of the pieces." -Murray Paskin, San Francisco Examiner
“The colors in your abstract work are so vivid and alive – and then the black and white. Just lovely. Haunting. (Even the photographs tend towards the abstract: much tension there between a recognizable 'image' and our perception of the “purity” of lines and related spaces). It’s as if another consciousness were pulling at us as we look at the world.” – Jack Foley, Poet/Performer/Writer and Host of KPFA 94.1 FM’s “Cover to Cover” 3 PM (Pacific Time) on Wednesdays, in San Francisco
-"THANKS SO MUCH for this gorgeous splash of beauty on my wall! I came home and immediately on entering, it burst into my vision and would not let me go -- just as it did at your showing; and now i get to drink it in umpteen times a day." -Lisa Dollar, Founder of the Lysistrada Project