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Mary S. Rezny

Mary S. Rezny

Kentucky Crafted Artist
  • Mixed Media 3-D


    I am a photo-based mixed media artist working in Lexington for more than 25 years. My studio/gallery is in the Distillery District where, in addition to exhibiting my current work, there is a revolving display of art from established and emerging artists. A Kentucky Foundation for Women grant recipient, my work is exhibited regionally in galleries and juried exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky and the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, University of Kentucky. I have also participated in several public art projects in Lexington.

    Schooled in traditional photography, my work has become anything but traditional. I may use traditional and digital photography or I may use a photo-alternative process, but then I push the photograph beyond any of its traditional borders. I break the photograph down to the basic elements of light, form, texture and tone, then include collage, paint or other mixed media elements to expand the photograph.

    I also use the format of an artist book to expand the photographic image. My series and sequential manner of observation and documentation has made this a natural evolution for my artwork. I realize that in keeping up with the rapid pace of photographic technology, it is very comforting to hold a book in your hands.

    I have found the garden to be an inspiration for my artwork. I am in awe and wonder of the garden as it comes to life in the spring after a long winter, as it shares its mystique and beauty throughout the summer and of all the changes within the garden when fall arrives. I see the flowering garden as an evolving metaphor of life itself. I study and document nature in its many prismatic layers as it passes through time, reassembling the layers, page by page, to create unique portraits.

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