THE SHAPE OF HAPPINESS - 34” x 23” x 10” - Ceramic with multiple glazes
CHEEKS - Ceramic with multiple glazes - 27” x 13” x 11”
One of the distinguishing characteristics of my abstract figurative sculpture is that most do not have a back, instead there are two different yet related fronts. Her name reflects this distinction, and it happens to be my favorite side.
CHEEKS 27” x 13” x 11” Ceramic with multiple glazes
THE OTHER SIDE 27” x 12” x 6” Ceramic with iron oxide and mixed media
THE OTHER SIDE 27” x 12” x 6” Ceramic with iron oxide and mixed media
BEING THE MOON Ceramic with multiple glazes 31” x 12” x 7”
“Sculpturally the elegant surface design with the geometrical forms that move and change as the viewer moves in the environment keeps them continually interesting. For me the pieces also draw me in and expand creating a different ordering and engagement of the surrounding space, altering my perspective which I find aesthetically enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.” by Frederick Prack
ECHOES OF THE DREAMTIME 48” x 48” Acrylic on canvas
THE WAVE 36” x 36” Acrylic on canvas
FIREWALK 48” x 48” Acrylic on canvas
IN MY WILDEST DREAMS 36” x 36” Acrylic on canvas
“ My paintings are constructed with multiple layers - paintings within paintings that merge in and out - one relating to the next. It is a challenging process as the painting(s) may be interesting up close yet not from a distance and it has to be both. “
Mary-Ann Prack 2019
T H E S H A P E O F C O L O R
THE SHAPE OF COLOR:Sculpture + Paintings by Mary-Ann Prack
ANU - ceramic with multiple glazes - 34” x 12” x 9” on stainless steel base
THE SHAPE OF COLOR: Sculpture + Paintings by Mary-Ann Prack, 52 sculptures, paintings and drawings
THE WAVE 36 x 36 + BLUE 31 x 15 x 10
Exhibition Review by Sergio Gomez; a Chicago-based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He is owner and director of 33 Contemporary Gallery.
With a distinctively geometric style, artist Mary-Ann Prack makes a strong appearance with a recent body of work at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center. The exhibition titled The Shape of Color features a collection of abstract paintings and sculptures. As the title of the exhibition suggests, color is perhaps the driving force behind this body of work. However, color does not only finds its forms but also its substance. In the work of Mary-Ann Prack, color informs, transforms, suggests and in the process, initiates a conversation with the viewer. The primary color palette, which is a constant from piece to piece, provides a sense of communal activity where each part belongs to the whole while embodying its own peculiar qualities. It is in the nuances of difference that the viewer finds a trail of satisfaction in the process of discovery. The beautifully constructed non-figurative abstract paintings in the show provide a well balanced coexistence with the figurative sculptures. To the viewer’s delight, the artist does not force the figure into the paintings or the painterly surfaces into the sculptures. They are totally different in approach from each other yet similar in their existence and spirit. They belong in their communal narrative awaiting for the viewer’s interaction to decipher their intricacies. Both paintings and sculptures invite us to connect the threads of unity and perhaps in a strange way, connect our own world and experiences with theirs. Sept-Dec 2018
THE POINT OF BALANCE 96” x 21” x 21” Ceramic / steel / oxidized iron finish
SEEING BEYOND - 74” x 23” x 18” - Ceramic / steel / oxidized iron
WITH AN OPEN HEART - in sculpture garden - Sold
THE POINT OF BALANCE with ME
I am often asked how someone my size creates such large sculptures. I hand build each sculpture or section of on a turntable where it remains until it is dry and ready to be bisque fired. My crew - my husband, son, friends - move the piece to the kiln, back to the studio for glazing and as a finished sculpture to exhibitions, galleries, the sculpture garden. It is a joint effort and I am very grateful to have their support. The Point of Balance was one of my (our) most challenging sculptures.
OUVERTURE Ceramic with multiple glazes 28 x 16 x 10 SOLD
“IN THE CLOUDS” - Ceramic with multiple glazes - 23” x 12” x 9”
PRIMARY WOMAN - ceramic with multiple glazes - 25” x 12” x 8”
“RED” - Ceramic with multiple glazes - 22” x 11” x 8”
“The understanding of the materials, the properties of the underlying structure, the workmanship and application of the surface finish, the rectilinear designs using both gentle and bold elements of shape and color made this my obvious choice. Every bold statement, purposeful curvature and gentle prick has an essential place. This means much to me as an architect where you can’t escape the attention to detail without which concepts collapse. The precise and balanced articulation between elements are so well related that I can’t help but be reminded of my favorite architect, the Italian master, Carlo Scarpa.”
George Kosinski, British Architect/Painter
SHE’S ON FIRE - glazed and ready to be glaze fired in the kiln
The sculpture in the background is almost ready (dry enough) to be bisque fired in my kiln. The sculpture in the
foreground required about 3 more weeks of drying time before bisque firing.
In this photo I am glazing what will become “Bubbles and Squeak” a process that usually takes about 3 or 4 days
to complete. After glaze firing the colors are completely different as you can tell.
My sculpture and painting studio is located in the idyllic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It is an area with a wonderfully creative community of artists and craftspeople. My husband, son and I moved here from Florida hoping to find of an environment with an energy and spirit similar to that of Canada where I grew up. And more importantly a place our son Boston a nature lover would thrive.
STANDING STILL IN THE ABSTRACT: Solo Exhibition, ASU Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC 2013
Detail of “POINT OF BALANCE” Ceramic / Steel with iron-oxide composite - photo by Ellen Gwin
STANDING STILL IN THE ABSTRACT: Solo Exhibition - ASU Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC 2013
STANDING STILL IN THE ABSTRACT - Solo Exhibition - ASU Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC 2013
FINDING EQUILIBRIUM - 35” x 18” x 11” - Ceramic with bisque + glazes
Detail of “FINDING EQUILIBRIUM” photo by Ellen Gwin
SHE’S ON FIRE 31” x 17” x 9” - MY BOUNDARIES ARE MY HORIZONS 36” x 36”
THE WHITE LINE 36” x 36” Acrylic on canvas
MOMENTUM 48” x 48” Acrylic on canvas
IN YOUR DREAMS 36” x 36” Acrylic on canvas
“As you know I love your work both in two and three dimensions. I feel your sense of line, space and colour
playfully engaging visually, intellectually and emotionally.” Frederick Prack 2019
THE VISITORS (wall figures) approx. 24” x 12” x 3” BUBBLES AND SQUEAK II - 24” x 8” x 7”
Ceramic with multiple glazes on stainless steel base
YU II - 19” x 8” x 8” + THE SHAPE OF COLOR 20” x 8” x 8” + O 19” x 9” x 9”
BUBBLES AND SQUEAK 26” x 9” x 8”
Creating Art = Living with Art - My living room / kitchen / family room / studio have become
living gallery spaces to enjoy and present my work to others.