Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States


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"Making art depends upon noticing things — things about yourself, your methods, your subject matter."  Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking 

Installation: Last Apartment


Last Apartment, an installation exhibited at ArtPrize 2018  illuminates my conflicting feelings over my mother's move from independence in her last apartment to an early dementia facility. I admired her indomitable spirit, endless energy and sometimes reckless pursuit of her dreams but mourned  her increasing confinement by limitations, both real and imagined.


She died in March 2018. Those final 5 years of her life, I witnessed how  we all lose when we assume our elders have little or nothing to offer us.  In a culture which values youth over years, rather than engaging with our elders, we reduce them to their needs for our convenience. We pack away their treasures and their treasure. We store them for easy maintenance and speed on with our own pursuits. Beyond individual relationships, the outward more obvious systemic injustices include consistent cuts to Social Security and Medicare, widespread poverty, chemical constraints and wrenching isolation. 

Last Apartment reveals my discovery of a woman beyond my mother whose inspiring brilliance and passion I found hidden in the heart of her small cookie-cutter apartment.

Medium and Materials


  Mary Jane paints primarily in acrylics and oils. Her improvisational approach to life and art results in works that are energetic, surprising, and emotional. A colorist by nature, her bold use of hue and playful approach to form, reveal her influences from Abstract Expressionism and Fauvism.   



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