Skin and Transparency

Multimedia: wood, wood glue, steel wire, and pantyhose

"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe' -a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." (A. Einstein)




A vessel for a Seleriana Tillandsia air plant, hand-chiseled from a block of plaster.



6'8" x 4'
Multimedia: wood, household twine, and hot glue

A minimalist abstraction of the veins found on a dead leaf. The element of the leaf that held the most beauty were the perfectly parallel veins that had only been distorted by the decay. The leaf had been found on the side of the road in the dirt and, using modest materials, this same modesty was reflected in the minimalism and material choice.


Pull on my Heartstrings

40" x 32"
Multimedia: oil paint, balsa wood, balsa foam, found guitar, gesso, acrylic paint, and fishing line.

Another visual wordplay. The ribs and costal cartilage, that emerge from the interior walls of the guitar, are carved out of balsa wood and stained with gesso towards the center. The heart carved out of balsa foam, posterior ribs, and spinal column are painted with oils. Strands of fishing line are painted with red acrylic paint, inserted into the openings of the heart, to portray the heart strings. Real guitar strings are strung from the top of the guitar and slowly painted red to transition into heart strings. The guitar is able to hinge open and closed, allowing the flesh-toned, oil painted cover to be seen, resembling a human body.


Snip, snip.

52" x 45"
Multimedia: pen and ink mixed with embroidery on various types of paper and foam core board

This piece plays on the disruption of two dimensional structures, while also commenting on the increased vulnerability of individuals when they become too attached or connected to others.


All images © by Mary Kuan