Mary Ann Lomonaco
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Phone: 914 522 6810
As an artist, I want to stand in a different place. I want to consistently look around me at my environment and explore its potential anew. I want to experiment with new techniques and discover unique ways to transform common materials. For years, each morning I would go outside my home, pick up my New York Times plastic delivery bag, remove the newspaper and recycle the bag. One day, the sun was shining particularly brightly, I reached down and picked it up and for the first time, I noticed the bag itself. I noticed the brilliant blue color with the dark black writing and decided I had to do something with the bag itself. This bag had been there, obviously, all these years. But this particular day, I "stood in a different place" and noticed it. I began to collect the bags and had all my friends do the same. Some received other newspapers and I eventually had an extensive collection of these colored plastic newspaper bags. I began to experiment, cutting them apart and connecting them, until I eventually discovered a way to make them into a kind of yarn. Ultimately, they became standing crocheted vessels which have evolved into a series with various embellishments and of differing dimensions. A similar experience involved my cotton kitchen mop heads. One day, after mopping my floor, I rested the mop against the wall to dry and suddenly, for the first time, I noticed the sculptural quality of the mop head itself. It reminded me somewhat of the African headdresses in the Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I began to experiment with my first mop head, dyeing, weaving and embellishing it to create my own contemporary headdress. This sculptural piece grew organically, as it took many months for me to discover what it would become. Now, as I develop this series, after each mop head is dyed, it takes on a unique personality, even though each began in a common form. A variety of techniques and materials are common elements in my work, as are color and repetition. There's a sense of playfulness and attention to detail in the execution of each piece, and many of the sculptures are quite textural. Since my pieces are composed predominantly of recycled materials transformed into something new, I try to always be aware of what's around me in my environment. Interestingly, this has lead me not only to new possibilities of resources for my art, but to my growing awareness of the necessity to take care of my environment.
Parson's School of Design - New York, BFA, 1980, with honors