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.
My work examines the everyday phenomena of looking. Investigating ideas of object recognition, I cut and rebuild pads of paper in a way to make them unrecognizable, at first sight. Subtle from afar and intricate up close, it isn’t always clear what is paper or paint, layered or flat. On closer inspection, these images reveal themselves: clouds, water, ice jams made of watercolor washes, graph paper, colored paper, and a sketchbook.