My work explores abstract forms and mark-making as a means to illustrate human behaviour. Themes of closeness, isolation, strength, fragility, conformity and memory are articulated through repetition, deconstruction and collage, while the use of tactile materials emphasize our own vulnerabilities and inherent need for physical connection. Using paint, block printing and traditional rug hooking techniques. I create artwork that is meant to be touched.
Mary Calarco (she/her) graduated from the Interdisciplinary Studies program at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD U) where she investigated experimental painting, surface design and printmaking. She works from her home studio in Guelph, Ontario and is a member of CARFAC Ontario, Craft Ontario and Guelph Arts Council.
I have extensive experience in arts administration, jurying, event management and community outreach from the business sector, public sector and non profit organizations. (One of a Kind Show, Craft Ontario, the City of Guelph, ArtsSmarts, Guelph Arts Council) My professional career has centred around ensuring makers of all mediums have the necessary tools to showcase their work to an attentive audience, whether that be through an online presence, in a gallery, studio, retail environment or at a craft show. I thrive on creating opportunities for artists and craftspeople whose talent is an immeasurable gift that strengthens our collective identity.