Artwork by Mara Wagner
Artwork by Mara Wagner, Contemporary Artist from Massachusetts. “Begonia and Blues”, collage with painted paper, size with frame 22 x 28.3 in. (56 x 72 cm)
About the Artist
Beginning as an accidental artist, Mara Wagner’s most inspired work comes from periods of wandering and play, improvisations from earlier work, or rearrangement toward a new coherent whole. With an array of found and intentional materials, an improvisational process sustains the flow that then allows Mara to engage with color relationships and compositional challenges. Mara enjoys interrupting her thought process by working with still lives of common domestic objects, and photographs of familiar people and places. When turning a photograph upside-down, she can render the relationships between color, shape and value in their purest form. Building on psychoanalytic and spiritual practices, Mara has formed a decades-long relationship with these mindful traditions. What can be realized when we access our most open state of mind? How does the dynamic between creativity and resistance reflect the ways we are inhabiting the world at this moment? With each stitch, juxtaposition, and improvisation, these expressions carry Mara on their own steam, to be studied later with a more purposeful eye.