Exploring the complexity of natural relationships, Mary combines natural objects that she collects on her hikes with glazed clay sculptural elements. She is influenced by the oddly beautiful aspects of nature and by recent issues, including climate change, the Coronavirus, wildfires, and unexplained aerial phenomena. The show title, “Symbiosis,” refers to relationships that are beneficial and parasitic. Her intention is to stimulate a deeper exploration of our relationships, as part of the web of life, in a way that embodies the mystery and the magic of life on planet earth in 2021.

Mary Duman is a teacher, health advisor, and artist. She has been a high school art teacher for 20 years. Her degrees include a B.F.A. in Studio Art, emphasis in ceramics, and a B.S. in Art Education. She received a Jerome Fellowship Residency grant to do her artwork at the Northern Clay Center in Minnesota and was an Artist-in-Residence at Eczaserbasi, one of the largest ceramics factories in Turkey. She has done commissions and donations for exceptional local organizations such as, the Wrightwood Farmer’s Market, Wrightwood Classical Concert Series, Wrightwood Literary Festival, and Love Roots Yoga Shala. For more information, visit her website.