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About the Artist

Mary Coss (Seattle) received her MFA from Syracuse University and has accumulated an extensive exhibition record, focusing on alternative venues and community and public art projects. She has received residencies and grants from institutions such as the Candyland Arts Center in Stockholm, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Juan Island Museum and Sculpture Park, and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Her public work is in numerous collections including King County and Seattle Housing Authorities, McNeil Island Corrections Center, and Carlsbad Public Library. Her narrative inspired sculpture and installation explores the intersection between nature and the human made, nature and the socio political. Her projects often engage community or create interventions in nature.

Mary received 2014 GAP funding for materials and professional assistance with an audio recording for an upcoming installation at METHOD Gallery. Her project, Eventualities, incorporates objects that reflect on the past and look to the future. Cast bones, fossils, shells, fortune cookies, and seed pods act as crystals and pendants strung throughout an unfurling bronze DNA framework chandelier. While the visuals take us back and forward through time, the audio reflects the constant through time. Sounds from nature will be recorded, that potentially, are the same as those from centuries ago (wind, water ripples, waves, and wildlife). Contemporary life sounds are also recorded. The audio loop migrates from sounds of nature to the urban sounds of today and then back again, wedding them in a way that creates both an otherworldly, yet at times nostalgic experience.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.