A R T I S T
MARY HALL KEYES
About the artist
As a graduate of Alfred University School of Art and Design, Mary Hall Keyes received her BFA in 2019. She is currently residing in Philadelphia, PA where she works in her studio.
How I connect with a place is influenced by adornment, but emphasized by light and color. I am drawn to the decorative elements of my surroundings such as pattern, shape, texture or the lack thereof. Illuminating space activates the colors around me. Identifying symbiotic relationships between light and color affects how a space becomes personal to me. I compare what is natural to what is fabricated by human aesthetics. These factors help me discover the personality of a place without the physical presence of a person.
I paint through an additive process. When the composition no longer interests me visually, I engage in a new dialogue with the painting layer by layer. I juxtapose plantlike organic forms throughout the geometry of these invented spaces. I adorn my paintings like I am designing a home, every decision is dictated by the potential for growth or adaptation. Light is vital for growth so I incorporate windows as a portal for light to travel through. They are a boundary between the exterior and interior, as well as a portal between reality and my interpretation of it.
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