Mary MacGill: Seeing Light in Stone

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Your name/age:

Mary / 30


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I live in Tivoli/Clermont and work in Germantown

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What brought you to where you live:

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Space! Light! Trees! Water! People! Dogs!


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It was blue for a long time...

I'm turning green though.

 
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What's your favorite place:

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Name three of your favorite books:

The Ice Palace, Tarjei Vesaas

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

Which artists inspire you:

My mother, her ability to make work about home

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What is an artist:

Someone who takes their time thinking about the world/ her surroundings

and expresses ideas by making something

What is art:

that something.

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How do you identify as an artist:

When I see stones,

I can't help but want to make something out of them,

like I don't have a choice.

 
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What was a pivotal project, person, or experience that shaped your practice:

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Kazuko Oshima- My Mentor- showed me

that I could make jewelry with just my hands and a few other tools.

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The last of the stones that started the business. Precious. Tourmaline: promotes inspiration and happiness, reducing fear, and building self-confidence.

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What are key elements or constants in your practice:

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What are your current interests as an artist:

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I'm trying to figure out how to expand

my "Woven" series into lighting.

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What do you see as the value of art:

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What is your greatest challenge as an artist:

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also being a business person

 
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What has been a victory for you as an artist:

Cultivating the most wonderful/dynamic group of women as a result of what I do.

 
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What's next for you as an artist:

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Setting aside more time... 

to be alone

to be light

Discover more about Mary, her jewelry, and her shop here: https://www.marymacgill.com/