Mary Janacek is an interdisciplinary artist based in Fairfield, CT, whose practice is at the intersection of paper constructions, painting, printmaking, and bookmaking. Her work explores the ever-changing environment of the American landscape and has been in solo and group exhibitions across the country for over fifteen years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, CA, and her Masters of Fine Arts from California Institute for the Arts in Los Angeles, CA.
I begin my work with a repetitive process to form a substrate; cutting,tearing, folding, or squishing paper, canvas, or clay. The meditative processcreates a surface for the paint to collect and pool, layers of material tointerweave, spaces for materials to dissolve and build back up again. Thesurface textures form a painting with physical and illusionary space.
I've been examining clouds, the most ephemeral parts of landscapes. All ofthese recent works originate from the same source, images of clouds seen in2020. Converging natural and unnatural disasters of the pandemic, the fight forsocial justice, and the climate change crisis gave way to a landscape ofsmoke-filled skies. Similar colors and gradations of artificial clouds rosefrom across America.
My work aims to create an inmate visual space for reflection andcontemplation on grief, unrest, and transformation.