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Mary Larsen

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Bunny10
"The Rabbit Done Died", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 16" X 12"
Clown
"Fatty Arbuckle", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 12" X 9"
Lady
"Displaced", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 16" X 12"
Lion
"Pied Piper", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 16" X 12"
Muffin
"Muffin", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 10" X 14 1/2"
Oldman
"Ode to a Dirty Old Man", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 16" X 12"
Paintbrush
"Rosy", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 10" X 7"
Pink
"Piece of Cake", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 10" X 6"
051000_6538
"Very Ugly Baby", 2009 Watercolor and Ink 16" X 12"
Dargen
She found them in the pool filter Watercolor and Ink 30.5 X 46 in © mary larsen
Dididle
cock-a-diddle-don't Watercolor and Ink 42.5 X 53.5 © mary larsen
Katieplaymate
katie's plaything Watercolor and Ink
King
King of the Sea Turtles Watercolor and Ink 51 X 41.5
Ladykiller
Ladykiller Watercolor and Ink 26 X 18.5
Mary1
a firm grip Watercolor and Ink 19.5 X 27in
Mary6
nights at the tantra lodge Watercolor and Ink 19.5 X 27
Tarus
Taurus Watercolor and Ink 16.5 X 24
Tummy
I enjoy long walks on the beach, sushi, and building model trains Watercolor and Ink 29 X 44
Bustypinup-copy
pinup #1 Ink 14 X 16.5
Fatpinupcopy
pinup #2 Ink 14 X 16.5
Hippypinup-copy
pinup # 3 Ink 14 X 16.5
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pinup #4 Ink 14 X 16.5
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One Hundred Years of Solitude Mixed-media 52x32
Focus
"Focus", May 15 - June 16 Mixed Media on Computer Floppy Disc
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Irish Watercolor
Grace_resize
Grace, May 2010 Watercolor and Ink 36"x72"
Hoot_resize
Hoot, May 2010 Watercolor and Ink 36"x60"
Headless_006
Rough in Albany Watercolor and Ink 32.5"x87"
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Seedlings Oil 20"x24"
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stickpin hearted Oil 20"x24"
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5am Watercolor 60"x36"
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One Less Oil 30"x40"
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Itty Bitty 1 Watercolor 4"x5"
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Itty Bitty 2 Watercolor 4"x5"
Keepers
Keepers Oil, Mixed Media 18"x24"
Notalllittleboys
Not All Little Boys Want to Be Insurance Agents Oil 18"x24"
Seedsplantedyoung
Seeds Planted Young Oil 30"x40"
Snowwhite_rosered
Snow White and Rose Red Oil 56"x24"
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Tinderlings Watercolor 72"x36"
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Quick Facts
Statement
I love what I paint. The distinct feel of my imagery stems from a lifetime romance with grotesque beauty. I am above all things a people watcher. Throughout my young years and into adulthood I have been distinctly aware that there was a secret world to everyone, I crave entry to those worlds, I pursue it daily, snatching hidden moments with a visual butterfly net and understanding the grace and vitality in even the most awkward of life. I draw from scientific abnormalities, sexual deviations, fetish models, belly dancers, circus freaks, religious tradition, cult leaders, the fetal, notorious criminals, family, the exorcised, the eternal battle of the sexes, and at times the line between the sane and not so sane. I feel that we live in a society where one of the most basic driving forces, Sex, is only trivialized, demonized, or used to sell soda pop. Heaven forbid we ask more of it. My art is about realizing that we a re creatures connected mentally, physically, and sexually to everything in this world. I hold things up for people and and say here too is humor, irony, beauty, freedom, and a chance to grow. 
The imagery in my paintings is not always pretty, or quiet, or peaceful. Chances are that they won't match the color scheme in a living room or coordinate with the furniture. Often when the viewer first approaches my work I observe a moment of discomfort. There is too much hanging out in the open. they laugh, they joke, they shuffle their feet and question my sanity. They disregard it as smut made to shock and repulse. It is then that I wait, I watch for the change, the moment when they reevaluate their feelings and halt the initial backwards momentum and allow themselves to look closer, without shame or judgment and see the beauty. Suddenly they get the message, or remember something that connects them with it. There is no longer discomfort, there is a bond, there is appreciation. Because there is always beauty. It's in the crooked nipples, or the swollen genitalia, there is beauty in the sharp curve of the hips or the stray pubic hairs, the malformed, the imperfections that make us one with the snowflakes in our own fleshy, marvelous, human way.