Mary Waltham: Eco Artist

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Artist Statement

The Question*

What have you done
with what was given you,
what have you done with
the blue, beautiful world?
 
* {Theo Dorgan (2015) excerpt}

Artistic expression about nature can be far more than an escape from human-centered reality. It can make a pressing commentary on the state of our planet, the politics and policies that shape public debate about our environment, and the questions we need to confront.

My intention is to contribute to this rise in interest and to spark new conversations, by bringing the landscape to life through my work.

After a career in science and science publishing, and as a biologist I bring a distinctly different perspective to ‘nature’ for inspiration.

I work in a broad variety of 2D and 3D media chosen to express the particular character of the environments I choose. I often incorporate materials directly from the landscape in pursuing my intention to integrate ‘landscape’ with ‘environment’.

My work is related to the themes of contemporary artists such as Richard Long, Tania Kovats and Therese Oulton but is distinctive in its firm roots in, and connection to both science and ecocriticism.


Mary Waltham

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Dual citizen of the UK/EU and the US

Education:

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • Foundation course in Art and Design
  • Executive education: Henley Management College, England
  • PGCE: Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Centre for Science Education, University of London.
  • B.Sc (Hons) Biology, University of London.

Recent Juried Exhibitions

  • 2019: The Earth Speaks V, Pocono Arts Council, Pennsylvania
  • 2019: “ESCAPE/ISM?” Atlantic Gallery, 548 West 28th , New York, NY 10001
  • 2018: 155th Annual Exhibition of small oils at the Philadelphia Sketch Club
  • 2018: New Hope Art League
  • 2018: Maryland Federation of Art: Art on paper 2018, Annapolis.
  • 2018: Philadelphia Sketch Club works on paper.
  • 2017: 154th Annual Exhibition of small oils at the Philadelphia Sketch Club
  • 2017: 34th Ellarslie Open
  • 2017: Artists of Yardley
  • 2017: Philadelphia Sketch Club works on paper
  • 2016: Philadelphia Sketch Club works on paper
  • 2015/2016: Ellarslie Museum. Impressions: The art of the print
  • 2015: Artworks, Trenton print exhibition
  • 2015: Sussex Artist's award at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England
  • 2015: Philadelphia Sketch Club works on paper
  • 2014: “Looking in, Looking Out”. Group exhibition at the Arts Council of Princeton
  • 2014: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art CE Student show
  • 2013: Sussex Artist's award at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England
  • 2013: Artists of Yardley
  • 2013: Mercer County Artists

Previous Experience

2000-2014: Publishing Consultant with leading international scientific, technical and medical publishers in the US and Europe.
1996-2000: President and Publisher of Nature and the Nature family of journals based in New York.
1992-1995: Publisher of The Lancet based in London.
1988-1992: Editorial Director of Macmillan Magazines based in London.
1982-1988: Publisher of scientific technical and medical textbooks, Macmillan Education, Basingstoke, England.
1971-1982: Science teacher to ages 11-19 across all abilities, Hampshire, England.

Visitors are most welcome to my studio, by appointment. Contact me at Mary [at] marywaltham.com

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