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Mary Lou Thomson

The Visible Plane

2012, Encaustic and canvas on panel, 36"w x 48"h

I am interested in evoking psychological and emotional states through my work in encaustic, an alchemical medium using
beeswax combined with oil paint. Incongruous materials introduce a new dynamic, their interaction either shattering or reshaping the surface. My work also concerns systems of institutional power and takes a critical view of patriarchal imagery commissioned by the Catholic Church and used to construct a controlling, idealized social model for women. I reference iconic paintings to gain insight into their use as tools of social oppression, particularly of unwed mothers who were coerced to give up their infants for adoption.

Mary Lou Thomson - The Visible Plane

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