Washington
 
Dist of Columbia

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My work in the last few years has concentrated on a select few forms. I have chosen certain shapes that I use in repetition to create larger objects. For example, I have developed a hollow fluted shape constructed of wood, which I fabricate in multiples, stack, and glue to create a mass. This ?mass? has taken on variations, from a hoop shape that almost resembles a skirt to a dense circular ring that rests on the floor to an arch that begins at floor level and rises up to barely meet the wall. The sculptures can incorporate any number from a few dozen to over a thousand components, each component made up of its own multiple parts.

Each shape is measured, cut, and assembled by hand, resulting in subtle irregularities. When added up, the sum of the repeated shapes exhibits a staggered and constantly changing pattern. The initial form of the sculpture is created with wood and glue, and may be later covered with wood putty to add rigidity. The object is coated with multiple layers of beeswax in order to create a smooth, rich, and seamless surface. In giving the sculpture a seamless and unified surface, I hope to hint at naturally occurring forms, which appear seamless but when examined closely may reveal a crease or fold indicating their origin.

Works such as Untitled (spokes) and Untitled (wreath) are assembled from delicate strips of wood laminated together to form triangular structures that in turn create spheres made up of physical material and negative space. Untitled (wreath) hints at the design of split-rail fences and sawhorses, designed to contain yet here used to define an immobile volume of space.

These objects are activated by the space they inhabit. Architecture and viewers introduce the vital elements of scale, perspective, and experience.

Mary Early

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Mary Early
2014, 98" x 6" x 6", wood and beeswax
Mary Early
15"H x 72" Diameter, wood, beeswax
Mary Early
26"Diameter x 4.5"D, wood, beeswax
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Mary Early
72"H, wood, putty, beeswax
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