Mary Little Canvas Art in a Maple Frame 70.75" x 25.5"
Mary Little was born in Northern Ireland in an environment full of rolling hills and soft formations. She is an artist with a designer’s sensibility, trained at London’s Royal College of Art in furniture design. Little works with unbleached artist canvas to express a key theme in her work, which is the delicate interplay between intent and serendipity. She lets the cloth lead, and at other times she controls it. What excites her is how the material is a blank canvas that can express her emotions and her memories; expansive green landscapes from her childhood and patterns from the Aran sweaters her mother used to knit.
Little’s work is created so that people can get lost and absorbed in it. The ivory of the cloth allows for the palette of light and shadow to play off of the surface, heightening the important role of the environment in how each piece is experienced. These constant shifts in form allow for an infinite number of meanings and interpretations to occur in just one viewing, which allows her work to be defined outside of a strict minimalist context.
What her close collaborators of cloth, shadow, and light make visible are patterns that people can relate to, giving a meditative space where they are encouraged to find their own emotions, memories, and stories within the cloth; and they can if they are still enough to be present to their subtle reveal.
In 2018, Little had a solo show at Craft in America Center, Los Angeles. Her work has been shown internationally at Craft Contemporary Museum (formerly CAFAM), Los Angeles, Musée de la civilization, Québec, Canada, and National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Her commissions and gallery works have been acquired for private collections in Europe and North America, as well as public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Little’s work has been reviewed in Artillery and Fabrik magazines, and she has been profiled in Luxe magazine. She is a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and currently lives in Los Angeles.
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