Mary Admasian: “Shadowlands”
October 5-December 23, 2016
Mary Admasian’s “Shadowlands” is a new collection of paintings, small sculptures and assemblages. Her mixed-media paintings are on birch panels. Her application technique of spray paint, acrylic paint, graphite, cold wax, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil creates a surface that layers the visual space and imagery of each painting.
The artist created her assemblages and small sculptures with found objects and materials from the natural environment. Her use of rusted metals, thread, and barbed wire has created a relationship between materials and narrative that reflects viewers’ spiritual and philosophical landscapes–the pivotal energy between darkness and light, acceptance and denial—-that throws into relief the personal boundaries that inhibit us. Admasian said, “Barbed wire is, for me, an iconic material; I feature it predominantly in much of my artwork because it is a powerful metaphor evoking life experiences.”
Admasian is the recipient of a 2016-2017 Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation Grant for her sculpture Weighted Tears, which will be on exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in June 2017. Her work is in the collections of colleges, institutions, and prominent art collectors. She has received two fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, and has also created site-specific work and installations in collaboration with other artists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Admasian has lived in Vermont most of her adult life. She earned a BFA from Colby-Sawyer College with honors in painting and has worked as an artist, curator, marketing consultant, and creative director for the visual and performing arts.Other artistic disciplines include drawing, printmaking, and mixed-media.
(text adapted from the venue’s and the artist’s press materials)
Pavilion Office Building, 5th Floor
109 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05609
Valid photo ID required for entry.
by Mary Admasian
acrylic paint, spray paint, and watercolor pencil on birch panel
Courtesy of the artist