Mary Mendla

I am a painter, fiber artist, and apparel designer living in Grafton, Wisconsin.  I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1992.  Since that time I have been on a creative journey that has led me in many directions; painting, teaching, fabric surface design, sculptural fiber art, and apparel design.  I cannot choose one over the others; they each bring forth essential parts of my creative spirit.

My paintings and fiber art have often been referred to as atmospheres; surfaces to enter into rather than to simply view on a two dimensional surface.  My intent is to metaphorically communicate my deepest experiences of the mystery of the natural world through color, texture, and composition.  Intuition, rather than conscious control guides me in the expression of these experiences onto canvas, board, or textile.

My non-objective and tonal landscape paintings are created through varied processes involving oil and acrylic paint, cold wax medium, and a variety of other mixed media materials.  Layer upon layer of paint, dry pigment, metal leaf, and additional media are intuitively applied to a painting surface.  These layers of paint and mixed media are scraped through or dissolved with solvent, additional paint & mixed media is applied, and this process repeats itself until a rich, textural surface reveals a composition and meaning begins to become apparent.  The archaeology of the painting is uncovered and the history buried between the layers is revealed through these processes.  The meaning of each painting evolves through intuition and is expressed through choices made of the images and textures that appear.

The enjoyment I get through creativity is very much enhanced by the unpredictable qualities inherent in the processes that I work with.