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About Mary Anne

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

  Mary Anne Arntzen was born in Riverside, California and currently lives in Baltimore, MD. In 2004 she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from Boston University, and in 2010 earned a Masters of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2013 she mounted a solo exhibition with ICA Baltimore. Her work has been shown in California, New England and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She has completed residencies at the Wassaic Project, Vermont... more

Squares and Nearly Squares

A selection of work created in 2014. In this series I am interested in frames, color, and contrast between flat abstraction and suggestions of illusionistic space.

See Through

This body of work continues to push a play of space and color through literal mark making and mundane, patterned materials. My paintings frame subjects that are often about looking and looking through a surface.
Studying the industrial character of my city, my work often starts from the visual obstructions found in my neighborhood--latticed garden fencing, windowpanes, and decorative cinderblocks. My paintings, like these structures, are made of intertwined bands, diagonal ties crossing, creating surfaces perforated by geometric absences. These forms provide an open system for exploring linear marks, which function as barriers while opening up portholes into areas of color and atmosphere beyond. The patterns in my paintings shift across the surface and between paintings, slowly changing as they accumulate. I use those forms as starting points, distilled into games with color, line and abstract form.

Chain Link and Blizzards

Most of this work came out of the heavy snows of Winter 2010. I was trapped at home and the backyard fence collecting snow became the impetus for this body of work.

Garden Gates, Fences, and Cardboard

Investigations of repetitive forms observed in transit or during daily life. Most work is based on pre-made lattice fencing, plastic-woven chain link fences, or the spines of cardboard.

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Mary Anne's Curated Collection

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