October 4, 2012—October 27, 2012 | Reception Thursday, October 4th, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to present from a history of ruin, an exhibition of new paintings, drawings, and prints by Mary Ann Peters. With her current body of work, the artist endeavors to “illuminate a familial and historical record by combining memory and nostalgia with current events.” In 2010, just prior to the events of the Arab Spring, Peters traveled in Lebanon and to Syria. A second-generation Lebanese American, her observations and reflections from this journey provide the different narratives that inform her new work. from a history of ruin is a juncture of place, memory, and artist-as-translator, conjuring multiple storylines that in combination mesh to provide a window into a complicated, and diverse cultural landscape.
“I work from the premise that images are never neutral and that they sustain layered meaning from the inception of an idea to the completed piece. Historical narratives, architecture, science, personal heritage, politics and questions of perception have all played a part in my thinking over the years. I look for seemingly disparate elements that can coalesce and redefine a topic. I have traveled extensively, most frequently in non-Western cultures. Traveling has informed my understanding of the global roots of aesthetics. It consistently defines for me those social practices that provide outlines for cultural inquiry, including which ethical questions should be considered or supported. In the end I work to the afterimage of the viewer and the potential discourse that might ensue. The kiss of death for any artist is the work that no one can remember.”
- Mary Ann Peters
Mary Ann Peters lives and works in Seattle, WA She received an MFA from the University of Washington in 1978. She has received numerous awards including an Art Matters Foundaton Grant, New York that allowed her to travel to Paris and Mexico City to research the migration from the Middle East after World War II, a grant from The New Foundation, Seattle in 2014, a MacDowell Fellowship in 2010, a Jentel residency in 2009, the Northwest Institute of Architecture & Urban Studies in Italy (NIAUSI) residency in 2003 and the Neddy Fellowship from the Behnke Foundation in 2000. Collections include Microsoft, Seattle Art Museum, 4Culture, Tacoma Art Museum, and others.