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Leaves and Fern- SOLD

Many of my forms derive from the minutiae of nature,
such as seed pods, the spine of a leaf or that of a fish, perhaps the human spine. These small things, enlarged
and restated, become discreet parts in a meditation on
our urban environment and the intimate relationship
with nature that is still available to us within the
elaborate and pressing constructs of our society.

On a formal level, in these paintings I have attempted
to set up a tension between abstraction as mark-making
and an image, in order to set up a visual conversation between what I observe and the aesthetic knowledge
that grows out of the surface of a painting. Sometimes
this opposition/dialogue takes the form of two panels
which approach the surface in different ways.

-Mary Ann Hayden, 2006

Mary Ann Hayden
Mixed Media Paintings
Reception October 14, 2006, 3-5pm
Exhibit through December 9, 2006

Since 1965, Mary Ann Hayden's art has been included in numerous galleries and shows in the Bay Area and beyond.  She has also designed and printed letterpress books, as well as one of a kind and limited edition artists' books, and these are represented in university and private collections in the United States and Europe.  For the last five years she has worked mainly in painting and photography.

Yellow Fruit and Branches, Detail

Red Petals and Blue Lines, Detail

Blossoms, Detail

Pears and Branches, Detail

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