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Mary Shindell
updated: 07/13/2013
website: maryshindell.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Satellite 1: wildflowers, sand
Satellite 2: pear cactus, decomposed granite
Satellite 3: Santa Rita, asphalt
Satellite 4: agave, river rocks
Satellite 5: mesquite bean, caulk
Satellite 7: beans, flowers, rocks
Amend, Amass
Nest 1-3
Wing
Nest 3
Desert flora
Dried Saguaro Fruit
300/300
high above the
300/300
 
Portfolio Keywords:  organic, abstract, site-specific, public, nature, landscape, repetition, obsessive
 
 
Satellite 1: wildflowers, sand by Mary Shindell
Satellite 1: wildflowers, sand
graphite, ink, Prisma
2008
22" x  30" 
Satellite 2: pear cactus, decomposed granite by Mary Shindell
Satellite 2: pear cactus, decomposed granite
graphite, ink, Prisma
2008
22" x  30" 
Satellite 3: Santa Rita, asphalt by Mary Shindell
Satellite 3: Santa Rita, asphalt
graphite, ink, Prisma
2009
22" x  30" 
Satellite 4: agave, river rocks by Mary Shindell
Satellite 4: agave, river rocks
lithograph
2008
22" x  30" 
Satellite 5: mesquite bean, caulk by Mary Shindell
Satellite 5: mesquite bean, caulk
graphite, ink, Prisma
2009
22 " x  30 " 
Satellite 7: beans, flowers, rocks by Mary Shindell
Satellite 7: beans, flowers, rocks
lithograph
2009
22" x  30" 
Amend, Amass by Mary Shindell
Amend, Amass
installation
January 2010
144" x  168"  x 384" 
Nest 1-3 by Mary Shindell
Nest 1-3
digital drawing, Lucite tube, LED lights, optical fiber, aluminum base
2010
74" x  6"  x 6" 
Wing by Mary Shindell
Wing
digital drawing, styrene, Lucite tube, LED lights, optical fiber, aluminum base
2010
74" x  6"  x 6" 
Nest 3 by Mary Shindell
Nest 3
archival ink jet print
2010
72" x  18" 
Desert flora by Mary Shindell
Desert flora
installation, digital decals
2007
Dimensions variable
Dried Saguaro Fruit by Mary Shindell
Dried Saguaro Fruit
graphite and ink
2007
55" x  55 " 
300/300 by Mary Shindell
300/300
installation, drawing, mixed media
2007
Dimensions variable
high above the by Mary Shindell
high above the
drawing, detail of installation
2007
72" x  19.5" 
300/300 by Mary Shindell
300/300
graphit, ink and pastel
2006
84" x  48" 

Artist Statement
Drawing has an intimacy that exists for me in no other medium. I try to build a surface using layers of line and texture. To accomplish this I use a combination of traditional drawing materials including: graphite, ink, paint and pastel. This method allows me to produce a visual statement with the drawing as the most formal pursuit. For me, drawing is not about making a study or a preparation of anything beyond itself. I want the work to be complicated, manipulated and spontaneous.
The subject of my work is the environment in which I live. I produce layered, linear works that relate to the desert. Sometimes I contrast flat areas of color with the unrelenting detail found in plants native to the desert.The concept of landscape and space led me to explore installation as an extension of drawing.
My recent work centers around drawings of plants that are intended to resemble satellite images.  In particular, my work is consciously reminiscent of those images made ubiquitous by Google Earth.  I am layering the images of the terrain around the valley into and around drawings of aerial views of agaves, wildflowers, and other plant life near my studio. I am focusing on the similarities of surface and texture between images of the earth from a distance and images of the plants at close range. The challenge of such an undertaking is to create an image that is ambiguous enough to read as either distant or near and, ideally, both at the same time. An ongoing concern for me is the relationship between space and detail in the environment, and this concern is a guiding motivation for this exploration.

Artist Bio / CV
Education: MFA, Drawing, Arizona State University 1977
                  BFA, Painting, Northern Arizona University 1972
Exhibitions:
Texas National 2010, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, April 10- May 23, 2010.
Amend, Amass, Mary Shindell, installation, 515 arts, 515 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona, January 1-30, 2010.
2009 Juried All-Media Exhibition at Palos Verdes, California, August 21-September 25, 2009.
Americas 2009 all media, Minot State University, Northwest Art Center, Minot, North Dakota, August 18-September 26, 2009.
Satellite Drawings, 515 arts, 515 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona, February 6-28, 2009.
Sonoran Safari, Arizona Museum for Youth, 53 N. Macdonald Mesa, Arizona, May 3-August 10, 2008.
Abstract Ecology: falling, Mary Shindell, drawing installation, 5fifteen arts, 515 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona, January 4-27, 2008.
Deck 2007, Bragg’s Pie Factory, Phoenix, Arizona, October, 2007.
But It’s a Dry Heat, Opening Exhibition Featuring Ten Artists, Tempe Center for the Arts, floor installation using decals printed digitally from original drawings, September 7-January 11, 2008.
On the Walls, Mary Shindell, Nick Shindell, drawings, prints and paintings, 5fifteen arts, 515 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona, January 5-27, 2007.
Out There, unconventional landscapes by Melissa Martinez and Mary Shindell, Mesa Contemporary Arts at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona, November 3, 2006-January 7, 2007.
high above the, Mary Shindell, mixed media drawings, 515, 515 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona, October 7-29, 2005.
Prints from the Archives of Armstrong-Prior, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts, September 13, 2005-February 12, 2006.
Mary Shindell, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Arizona, May 18-June 12, 2004.
Genetic, Mary Shindell/PeeDee Shindell, 515, 515 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona, October 3-31, 2003.
Mary Shindell, Works on Paper, Sylvia Winslow Art Gallery, Maturango Museum of the Indian Wells Valley, Ridgecrest, California, February 14-March13, 2003.
Mary Shindell, Drawings & Prints, 515, 515 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, Arizona, October 2002.