Watch for Mary’s upcoming exhibition with porcelain potter Andrea Vuletin.
Florescence, Spring to Summer runs from June 6 – July 30 at General Fine Craft. Meet the artists on Sunday June 18 from 2-4pm.
Finding Water 48 x 60″
12 x 12″ paint and Venetian plaster on wood panel:
photos courtesy of Alan Mirabelli
Overtones 36 x 48″ 24-21
Undertones 36 x 48″ 24-22
August 16 – October 2, 2016:
MARY PFAFF and LETA CORMIER at General Fine Craft
Pfaff approaches her work with determined energy, guided by instinct and intuition. The results are symphonic in their orchestration of light and dark, colour, texture, line and form. She uses layers of various media – acrylic paint and medium, graphite, charcoal, water-soluble pencils, wax and oil paints to create abstract compositions. She calls the process “a wordless conversation” and “a fully sensual experience”.
An interesting photography term that Mary finds relevant to her work is Miksang, meaning that “the mind is relaxed and open, free of interpretation”, one can “see from the heart” and become more available to the things surrounding her/him. This is an important element of Mary’s work and perspective on life – reflected in her dynamic, fully realized emotive works of abstract art.
Sending 12×24″ Password 12×24″ Call From Home 12×24″
“To paint is my lifelong aspiration and favourite verb. My current work is an exploration of how images, symbols, relationships and experiences are intricately fused and dispersed.
I build up texture in my work through layers of drawing and colour. Something from each preceding layer remains and through intuitive actions a visual narrative unfolds.
Like a wordless conversation painting is a full sensual experience; the sound of the brushes against the canvas, the smell, the touch, seeing, moving, changing and becoming. When the final piece connects for me and the viewer a new conversation begins.
For the last ten years I have been deeply involved in community art projects and collaborative arts initiatives endorsing the use of the arts as a transforming healing agent. I paint from my studio in the McArthur Mill in Carleton Place, Ontario.
Since graduating with distinction from the faculty of fine arts at the University of Ottawa in 1990, my work is shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand and represented in private collections here and abroad.”
Mary is the 2013 recipient of the Lucille Broadbent Award which is presented annually by the Ottawa Art Expo to an individual who has demonstrated artistic leadership and commitment to the furthering of the arts community in Canada.