I create places of happiness. Abstract landscapes full of delicious color, long expanses, odd quirky shapes, and patterns suggesting the unknown.
I paint on transparent polyester filming laid on an uneven work table. This allows the paint to slip and shift creating slurries of bold color. These slurries create lines and wave patterns. By cutting along the lines, I'm able to identify shapes that become elements in collage. All these pieces come together to create a story.
Life is heartbreaking. My spontaneous way of working mimics the full spectrum of human experiences. My intention is to reshape those encounters into spaces of absurdity and exuberance. Not linear moments, but an abstracted experience you can’t quite define.
Mary Zeran (b. 1964, Iowa City, IA) creates places of happiness. Abstract landscapes full of delicious color, long expanses, odd quirky shapes, and patterns suggesting the unknown.
The artist holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A in art from University of Iowa. Zeran’s collage are shown internationally, with exhibitions at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA, and Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA, U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, IA, Harvard Business College, Boston, MA, and United Fire Group, Los Angeles, CA. Artist Residencies, and public commissions include Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Residency, and a 2% for the Arts Purchase Prize from the Visual Arts Commission in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her work is included in the book "Chunghi Choo and Her Students", published by Arnoldsche, Stuttgart, Germany, The New Art Examiner, and Artweek, Seattle, WA.
Zeran currently lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.