There are so many hidden things going on in every day life. So many bits of beauty that go unnoticed, so many words left unsaid. I am compelled to make art that illustrates life beyond the surface.
What does a promise look like? How about a conversation between two people that lasts a lifetime? I try to feel these types of concepts on a cellular level, take them inside and make art about them.
I use non representational color and form to illustrate emotions, archetypes, psychological exchanges, or other such things that are not otherwise visible to us. 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 I have in mind for the piece.
It is my goal, as an artist, to propose these conceptual paintings as authentically as I can. I am always excited to hear how the viewers see it. In some ways it is like cloud watching, 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 in 2000. 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 with her husband and 3 children.
1998-2000 The Ohio State University
1996-1998 Antioch College
1995 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Summer program
2017-Juried Exhibit “Two Secrets About to Be Told to One Another” -Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, WA
2004-2017 Exhibit at various neighborhood “Art Walks” -Seattle area
2004-Solo Exhibit “Suspiration” Edison Community College -Piqua, Ohio