Artist Statement

People say that current political art does not address power, but shows how it works. Central to
my art is the depiction of the sad workings of my society’s power, and the contrast of pleasurable
daily life that many of us enjoy. It is important to me that my presentations of this reality be
accessible to many. I therefore emphasize screen, relief, and lithographic prints on paper, which can be produced in multiple, and priced moderately. And, I involve community members in making art, thus my collaborative books. The materials that compose the one-of-a-kind collages that also appear in this exhibit are, in that same vein, cheap and rough - paper and cardboard. They have been created with pencil, scissors, glue and a copying machine.

Mary Jo Carew

Mary Jo Carew

From my early days as an art student I was inspired by the French Impressionists. In 2008 this inspiration extended to the Plein Air painters of California, from the turn of the century to the present. Experiencing nature’s wonders first hand, and then translating those experiences onto canvas with oil paint continues to inspire me. The changing light, color, and rhythms of the environment never cease to stir my imagination. Lately, I have also enjoyed painting landscapes in my studio, using my plein air sketches and photos as inspiration.

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