Showcasing the Arts

 

2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts:
Award Artist

 


 

MARY S. REZNY

Lexington, Ky.

All of my artwork begins with photographic observations and documentation. Schooled in traditional photography, I have worked as a mixed media photographer for more than 35 years. Traditional, nontraditional, and digital photographic techniques, along with paint and collage are incorporated into my mixed media artworks. My photographic foundation began in undergraduate school. Over the years I have expanded my knowledge by research into media and methods, attending numerous workshops and by trial and error. Technology today has given all of us the tool to make a good photograph; my goal is to push the photograph beyond its traditional boundaries and make it truly a unique image.

My subject is the natural world. I find nature to be a fascinating subject that offers endless complexities. For the Governor’s Awards in the Arts I chose to study a southern symbol that is very familiar to all of us, the magnolia tree. I am drawn to it because of the simplicity and beauty of the blossom and it’s most interesting and unusual seed pod. I photographed it throughout the spring, summer and fall as the blossom and seed pod developed.

When making a “deconstructed” photographic collage I begin by taking many, many photographs of the same object and then I reassemble them in a unique arrangement. It is not one photograph cut apart but many photographs put back together. I layer the photographs and build up a relief by backing each photograph with different thickness of foam core.

For the Governor’s Award in the Arts each Magnolia Series assemblage is a collage of eight to12 5-by-5-inche square photographs layered to a depth of 1 3/4 inches. Each of the 10 collages is a different arrangement of the photographs of the magnolia blossom. In addition to the unique arrangement of the blossom each piece has a different stage of the seed pod represented somewhere in the collage. The collection is a study of a beautiful flower and the metaphor of transitory change.

 

 

 

 

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