Copyright © 2018 Mary W. Shaw
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I am primarily a figurative artist. To me the figure is a vehicle for content and should not be simply decorative. People are more interesting to me than formal abstraction. I explore the relationship between the immediacy of contemplation and the pliant changeability of memory over time. My work typically contains a hidden narrative, which is there for the viewer to explore. I frequently cast my subjects in the context of literary, political, and historical references.


I create “memory maps” (borrowing from the computer tech term) in which the structure of information itself, residing in memory, indicates how memory is laid out. Over time these associative memories are embellished and rearranged, the end result of which is the innately human subjectivity of our recollections.