My process is the freedom to compliment and agitate, contain and scatter, into the synergy of emotion and composition producing variations of sensation. The catalysts are the materials, unveiling the text and exploration. The work becomes a situation, a choice not to control in terms of result. I begin with the materials but allow the work to surface naturally. My interest lies in the process of moving the work from a point that is connected to myself then traveling on its own energy; I connect back and forth in the experience. I can compare this to experiences perople and new environments.
Mary Chang was born in Manhattan, New York; raised in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn and currently resides in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Mary attended the School of Visual Arts where she studied fine art. She worked with Sheila Marbain and is currently printmaking with Shelia Goloborotko at Golobortko's Studio. Mary is a member of South of The Navy Yard Artists (SONYA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of visual artists living, creating, and/or exhibiting in the Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill, Wallabout, and Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
There was a pause in her work as a painter from the mid 1970’s to the late 1990’s. She spent this time raising her family and focusing on another passion of hers; the theater. In the mid 1980’s Mary began to study theater, perform and travel. Her theater experience includes: La Mama Experimental Theater in New York, touring Italy as part of the technical crew on Fragments of a Greek Trilogy, directed by Andrei Serban. She was part of an ensemble group of four American actors and four Swiss actors who developed and co-wrote a play titled In-Ter-View which toured throughout New York area and Switzerland, directed by Walter Riedweg of the Werktheater of Basel Switzerland. Mary was part of the Immigrant’s Theater Project directed Marcy Arlin where she co-wrote the play Immigration Office, The ensemble performed throughout New York area.. Mary also worked with director Amir Naderi on his first American film, Manhattan by Numbers shown at New Directors Film Festival (MoMA/Lincoln Center). Mary continues her love for theatre working with emerging film directors Jamie Luce and Rane Parish.
Mary studied theater in New York with acting coach Anthony Abeson, Ada Brown Mather , Carol Rosenfeld of HB Studios, The Barrow Group, and voice Linklater coach Bobby Troka.
“My experience in theater and art has been an exploration leading me to discover that the line of distance between my process in theater and art are one in the same. My tools interchange; I create and build the work bringing the foundation of learned technique and spontaneity into my working practice.”
In 1999 Mary returned to painting as part of an exhibition titled “The Tree” at The Skylight Gallery in New York. Here she exhibited “Doors”, her series of 3 hundred-year old aged doors that had been scraped, pulling back layers of paint leaving residue from the years gone by and painting on both sides of the doors in conversation with the remaining layers of paint and markings from the past. Her work has since been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Robert Lehman Gallery at Urban Glass as well as various galleries, museums, and cultural centers throughout the New York tri-state area, Massachusetts, California and Brazil. She is also 1 of thirteen (selected) artists who created Goloborotko’s 20thAnniversary Edition Portfolio in 2009, which is part of the permanent collection of the Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo Museu SP, Pinacoteca do Estado Museu de São Paulo de Arte Contemporânea / Goloborotko’s Studio 20th Anniversary Edition.
“My process is the freedom to compliment and agitate, contain and scatter, into the synergy of emotion and composition producing variations of sensation. The catalysts are the materials, unveiling the text and exploration. The work becomes a situation, a choice not to control in terms of result. I begin with the materials but allow the work to surface naturally. My interest lies in the process of moving the work from a point that is connected to myself but then traveling on its own energy; I connect back and forth in the experience, weather in theater or art.