Exploring a complex inner landscape, maëry lanahan’s paintings offer an insight into the artist's quest for identity. She uses non representational color and form to illustrate emotions, archetypes, psychological exchanges, or other such things which are impossible to convey through language. For lanahan, painting is like looking into a windowpane and seeing the reflection of her self, the context in which she lives, and the fusion of these two. Using the canvas as a sounding board, she explores the human condition by extracting basic color and form from recurring memories.
Many of her works oscillate between two and three dimensional, and figuration and abstraction, an attempt to create a reality which is parallel to but separate from the real world.
lanahan explains, ‘Because I choose when to show gravity, perspective, color and light, I am able to emote through them. I glaze thin layers of oil paint to create rich and luminescent shapes that interrelate based on the concept at hand. In some ways it is like the cloud watching we do as children. We tend to see in the clouds what is already within us. In this way, my art is about discovery.’
maëry lanahan was born and raised in the Midwest. She received her BAE from the Ohio State University. She has exhibited in Ohio and Washington and has artwork in many private collections across the U.S. maëry lanahan now lives and works in Shoreline, Washington.
1998-2000 The Ohio State University
1996-1998 Antioch College
1995 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Exhibitions + Awards
2021-Juried ICON Exhibit, Lynn Hansen Gallery in Seattle, WA
2021-Juried Exhibit Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA
2019-Juried Exhibit Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA
First Place Juried Exhibit, Gallery North in Edmonds, WA
2018-Honorable Mention, Juried Exhibit Gallery North in Edmonds, WA
2017-Juried Exhibit Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA
2004-2019 Exhibit at various neighborhood “Art Walks” -Seattle area
2004-Solo Exhibit “Suspiration” Edison College -Piqua, Ohio
******* In addition to visual art, maëry is also a singer/songwriter. Currently releasing songs as "Tether the Star".
Recordings of original work available on iTunes and streaming on Spotify:
"Let Me Try" single by Tether the Star, Elbows Touching, 2021
"Grow Away" single by Tether the Star, Elbows Touching, 2021
”Live Underwater” maëry Lanahan, Not My Fault Records, 2003
”Lessen” maëry Lanahan, Not My Fault Records, 2000
”The First One” maëry Lanahan, Not My Fault Records, 1996
also contributed to these recordings:
”Go Crazy, POP!” Nicky Kay and His Fabulous Kay-Tones, Atom Records, 2005
”Into the Loud” by Nick Kizirnis, Atom Records, 2004
”Migrations” by Tristen Shields, Data Was Lost Records, 2004
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*******For current uploads of original songs and covers go to soundcloud.
*******To watch më in the studio tune into my live stream over on Twitch.
*******I have a little you tube channel too.
This is a little intro video I made for a studio tour last year: