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Point of Entry, Site Specific Installation, 2017

I constantly find myself drawn to rocks and reflections as intersection points of physical and spiritual worlds. Through them both I feel I can connect to something beyond myself. These mundane objects and naturally occurring phenomenon become precious moments that have power and meaning for me.

Where Two Worlds Touch, glass, solder, stone, 2016

I constantly find myself drawn to rocks and reflections as intersection points of physical and spiritual worlds. Through them both I feel I can connect to something beyond myself. These mundane objects and naturally occurring phenomenon become precious moments that have power and meaning for me.

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About Mary

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

Mary Baum is a multidisciplinary artist from Oregon. Her work deals with themes of belief and mysticism; the connection between the natural and spiritual worlds; and the relationship between magic and miracle. She received her BFA from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has exhibited internationally at Gallery 303 (Provo, Ut), the MIA show (Pasadena, California), Alice Gallery (Salt Lake City), the Wye (Berlin, Germany... more

Waiting for Echo, 2016

This piece touches on many diverging ideas. Inspiration was drawn from religious architecture, the origin story of Sir Lancelot of the Arthurian Legends, the myth of Narcissus and Echo, and the oft-used fantasy trope of a reflective surface becoming a portal or entryway to another world. This pool becomes a connecting point between the physical and spiritual worlds and a mysterious place of unknown significance.

Where Two Worlds Touch, 2016

For the last 5 years I have collected rocks wherever I go, I brought some of these rocks to Baltimore with me when I moved. I did not have any specific end in mind with these, but I kept them because they felt important to me. Rocks are objects of great importance because they are old, they are something that has been on earth since the beginning, and I feel that by holding it and having it, I can connect myself to the powers that created it. I began to make shells for these rocks out of clear glass. These stones became something beyond my original concept of them. They touched on ideas of the soul and eternity, of adoration and reliquary, protection and futility. They were humorous. They became objects that I felt straddled both the physical and spiritual worlds. They became something far beyond myself.

Moonstones

This body of work explores the shape of the sphere and the importance it has in the universe as well as the human world. It is a deeply significant shape that resonates with meaning and function. In this work I used man-made balls and covered them in natural materials to bring the natural universe and man-made objects together in one.

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