Bio + Artist Statement
Mary Meyer's work is inspired by an interest in ecology, biodiversity, and the intuitive study of form. She is strongly influenced by her background in traditional stone carving, and uses meditative processes and materials to illustrate our human connection with nature and the environment. She has exhibited her work at venues such as Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix International Airport, and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Meyer is a recipient of the Pat Mutterer Award presented at the 2020 Arizona Biennial, as well as the Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum Artist Grant in 2016. She has served as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College, and has taught workshops for various learning programs through Scottsdale Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, where she received the MFA Fellowship. Her work is represented in public and private collections nationally and internationally.
I create sculptural works that focus on the essential need for stillness, connection, and recognition. I use materials like clay, metal, wood, and intuitive methods such as carving and hand building to explore how the human form impacts—and is mirrored within—the landscape. The work stems from my innate curiosity for anatomical structures and life cycles, and is driven by an ever-present concern for ecological balance. Recent work utilizes seed and leaf forms as metaphors for biodiversity; comprising vast systems that ebb and flow in scale, shape, and texture. I see these systems as living things that embody the quiet energy and physicality that is slowly diminishing from daily life. For me they serve as subtle reminders to pause, be present, and recognize oneself within the shapes, patterns and symmetries of the natural world.