Thursday, September 12, 2013

Brush Strokes: Memory landscapes by Mary Reardon

As I drift farther from art school and deeper into the business world, I find myself yearning more for art than ever before. I'd like to start sharing Brush Strokes in this space from time to time as a way of allowing myself to return to the art world, if only for an hour or two. And to turn your attention towards interesting artists, who are filling the world with interesting work.

When I worked at the Art Sales & Rental Gallery in Halifax I was lucky enough to interact with over 200 artists (god, I loved that job). Just like when someone asks me if I love one of my dogs more than the other, it was hard to pick a favourite artist. But one who continually took my breath away was Mary Reardon.

Reardon's rich, painterly oil paintings are variations on a theme; arrangements of mundane and mysterious objects set against neutral backgrounds or calm cloudscapes. In art-speak Reardon's works try to give form to the process of remembering and forgetting. When viewed through this lens, the objects in her paintings take on obvious symbolism. Vessels become memory containers. Feathers and marbles mark events, people, feelings.

According to Reardon, each painting is an image of what the brain might look like when we remember or forget something. A visual representation of an abstract process.

It's lovely to think about, and even lovelier to look at. The sort of images that you can appreciate without an art history degree, but that become so much richer as you dive into them and digest them slowly, over many viewings.

My favourite art is always beautiful at and below the surface, and Reardon's is no exception.

You can purchase Mary's work at: her own studio gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Sales & Rental Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia's Art Sales & Rental Gallery, Lyghtesome Gallery, and Secord Gallery. Reproductions are available to purchase through her web site.

All images reproduced with Mary Reardon's consent. Thank you, Mary!


  1. I love this idea for a series Jess and will look forward to learning more about Art and artists.

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    1. Aren't they lovely? The last painting is my favourite :)


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