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
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.