Mary Ann Peters: "Works on Paper"

January 5, 2006—February 11, 2006 | Reception Thursday, Jan. 5th, 6-8PM

James Harris Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Seattle artist Mary Ann Peters. The show of small and large scale works on paper is her first solo exhibition in five years. Peters creates atmospheric space by building her own encompassing universe of form, line and color. Inspired by her Lebanese heritage, Peters’ work investigates a combination of Western aesthetic elements with Arabic influences. This cross-cultural interest gives Peters’ work a unique personal vocabulary.

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"sling" 2007
"surge" 2005
"tumble" 2005
"cusp" 2005
"tandem" 2005
"float" 2005
"flash" 2005
"corridor (between here and there)" 2005
"drift" 2005
"slope (italy diary)" 2004
"slide (italy diary)" 2004
"step (italy diary)" 2004
"bridge (italy diary)" 2004

Mary Ann Peters

“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.