Mary Kay Colling Retrospective
This site is a retrospective art show of the natural media wall art I made and sold in my real-world gallery from 1992 through 2004, when I switched to an all-digital studio.
Two slide shows make up the presentation. Not shown are the many paper sculptures and paintings I shot as transparencies rather than on film. Too bad about them!
Techniques are pulp casting (pressing paper pulp into molds) and paper sculpting (hand-shaping newly formed sheets).
My collection of huge paintings are digital key prints painted with acrylic and metallic gold accents on 24x39" Ogura, fibrous paper from Japan.
I was a graduate student when I came up with the idea of using my own art work as the product to promote for an original research project. The idea was to design business practices on the model of Aristotle's Rhetoric, test the model and contribute to the body of literature by writing about what happened.
Almost immediately I discovered that practicing good communication skills was more exciting than writing about them.
What happened was that Aristotle gave me the structure for my business plan. Other factors like my love of paper, fasination with making it, obsession with computer and internet technology, and interest in graphic communication merged into an art career.
Twelve years later, when I stopped using natural media and closed the gallery, I had moved on to web design and digital graphics.
Rochester NY USA