Medium drawing | mixed media | painting | photography | printing
Location Belfast, Maine, , , ,
Mj Viano Crowe creates mixed media installations that often incorporate clothing as art, large-scale photographic assemblages, light box shrines, artist books, intricate paper cuts and mixed media three-dimensional works that have a strong physical presence, achieved by the accumulation flea market flotsam incrusted in the work. Regardless of the format she uses, representations of the female figure typically perform on the various stages Maryjean creates for them. Cloistered within their own private universes, her subjects’ expressions seldom reveal more than subtle hints about their actual inner selves. Orbiting the background, often structured in the style of manuscript illuminations, is a complex planetary arrangement of fanciful ephemera from birds to insects, to flora and fauna, visually suggesting an extension of the central figures’ intricate, emotional worlds.