Mara Metcalf

Mara Metcalf

My interest is in exploring the complexity of the natural world. Rather than depict a particular place, I want to reveal the intangible sensations and relationships that are hidden within our surroundings. While rooted in direct experience of the urban environment, it’s important that my works suggest concealed energies using the language of abstraction.

On a recent walk, I noticed a ruptured chain-link fence with grasses and trees pushing through the broken boundaries. Surprisingly, several damaged sections were repaired with brightly colored wire. I see this as a heartfelt attempt to make something whole again. In my art, entwined marks and lattice networks become a visual equivalent for life’s journey, full of twists and turns and the willingness to keep going anyway.

Here are a few examples of her work.