Working with a wide variety of materials, Mary McIninch is drawn to the art of collage for the rich texture and patterns it offers. Pages of old books, vintage postcards, pressed leaves, sand, copper wire, and even paper she creates herself, are all items you might find layered with paint and intertwined in her paintings.
“Paper is full of unique characteristics in its texture, colour, lines and wrinkles. It absorbs and repels the paint, creating variations in design, adding an element of surprise to my process. I bury images, scrape into them, deconstruct, and re-apply paint as I work. I use sponges, palette knives, brayers and brushes. Sometimes the piece is mostly paint and sometimes it is mostly papers.”
A common thread through much of Mary’s work is the exploration of vistas, in their various forms. From wandering eyes peering out at the viewer, to views of a skyline, clouds or the ocean taking form, her work explores visions coming into view.