Mary Parslow Artist Printmaker Northern Canada

Artist Statement

I like to think I am following the advice of artist Robert Genn who says: "Try to think of and live in the fineries of Nature: cocoons, flowers, birds, butterflies, eggs, reflections, leaves, sticks, bones, echoes, etc. Think also of emblems, badges, mandalas, signs, glyphs, totems, birth, wonder, light.  Rawness, death, decay, and disfigurement also have their place.  Life and art is a bombardmant of variety."


The art on this website is an ongoing collection of work translating my responses to the environment and the people around me. The work most often evolves from photographs to drawings and then into printmaking, occasionally painting, and just recently into sculpture.  Printmakers are often referred to as the "engineers" of the art world because they handle a considerable set of processes, tools and machinery.


Print artists have a deep appreciation and connection to the printed word, from which their process historically evolved.  They have a close association with the declaration and dissemination of  messages of social justice and political importance in an inexpensive and mass produced fashion.  I enjoy this concept and hope my efforts reflect this link. Just as life has many layers of meaning and complexity so does the process of printmaking.  Line upon line, precept on precept, so the work goes on.