At a young age, my parents instilled in me the love for plants, animals, and general care for the world we live in. This biophilia, a term popularized by Erich Fromm suggesting there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems, fuels my creative work. Scientist E.O. Wilson further elaborated on the biophilia hypothesis suggesting it describes “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.”
Hanging on the edge of abstraction and representation, my prints investigate my everyday experiences, meandering patterns, and plants surrounding my spaces within the broader landscape of the Flint Hills. My process is meditative, responsive to the tools in my hand, and is open for discovery across media. Having the urge to cut and piece back together, some of my prints are made up of fragments monotypes on thin japanese papers. Printing on thin paper allows me to collage many layers, creating a more seemless, flat surface.
Mary Gordon was born in Weinheim Germany, but has lived in Manhattan, Kansas for most of her life. She received BFAs in Painting and Printmaking from Kansas State University in 2015. Throughout her travels, Mary has held a fascination for paper, and has found that printmaking, with all of its unique process, lends itself well to the expressions of everyday life.