Mary Janacek was born in Plano, Texas.  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.  

She has exhibited work nationally, in spaces such as Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, and Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. Her work has been featured in publications nationally and internationally including Matrix Magazine,, and The Houston Press.  

Mary Janacek lives and works in Fairfield, Connecticut.


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.  

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