Mary Wallace presents a range of prints and greeting cards that sing with vibrant colour and the lustre of pure gold. The effect is opulent and luxurious. Taking her inspiration from ordinary everyday things which she then makes extraordinary. Her images of beautiful yet broken vessels are a unique fusion of Japanese ceramics and Irish flora.
“My work makes people feel better. They smile and see a world of hope and reassurance. These ideas are
proving very popular right now as self awareness, personal fulfillment, well-being and resilience are
becoming more and more relevant.”
The ancient Japanese practice of kintsugi, repairing broken porcelain using gold, and associated ideas like wabi sabi, beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete; acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life all come together in these beautiful mixed media works of art.
Mary delights in nature. Her keen interest in heritage and the realisation that trees have long been cherished in Irish mythology and folklore inspired her to paint blossoms, fruit, buds, catkins all teeming with symbolism and stories.
Sweet and delicious when ripe and a favourite hedgerow berry eaten straight from the bush. But every child in Ireland is warned never to eat them after Oíche Shamhna (Halloween) !