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Identity Tapestry at the Marjorie Barrick Museum

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I am pleased to announce that The Marjorie Barrick Museum in Las Vegas has commissioned Identity Tapestry #12 as part of a community initiative in Healing Through Art in the wake of the shooting there.  It will be on display in the West Gallery from February 2 – May 12, 2018. From there it becomes part of the permanent collection. 

I will also be speaking in an artist panel on “Art with Social Purpose” hosted by Nevada Humanities on May 4th, 7PM at The Writers Block in downtown Las Vegas.

I have been happy to prove to myself, with this third installation in a museum since I became so ill with CFS/ME that I am now in a specialized wheelchair outside the house, that I can still work productively as an artist.  This has been thanks to the support of friends, family and assistants.

Almost ten years ago now my process and my work went through a serious change with pregnancy and the birth of my daughter.  There were “limitations” that made me use different materials and ways of working, and they prompted the shift to Particaptory Installation.   That work has lifted my art and my career as an artist.

This is another shift, and it is already teaching me a lot that I can put into my work and practice.  I fully expect it will continue to lift my work.

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  1. How does Identity Tapestry work as a permanent installation? Does it get unraveled occasionally so that new people can add their strings?


    January 31, 2018 at 12:04 am

  2. Dear Mary–Your work is inspiring, and I’m grateful that you are sharing a window into your own world. Thank you. I am very interested in bringing the Identity Tapestry to my campus. I tried emailing you via the contact on your website, but got a “undeliverable” message. I’d love to learn what might be involved in bringing the installation to my campus.

    Heather Horton

    May 2, 2018 at 10:52 pm

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