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About marcia

Baltimore City

Marcia Wolfson Ray was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1993 received a fellowship to attend the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her MFA. While in graduate school she started using organic materials such as bamboo, phragmites, dog fennel, corn, straw and marsh elder to construct her sculptures. Some of the galleries that have shown her work in include- the University of Conneticut, University... more


These sculptures represent my most recent work from the summer and fall of 2017.
The source of my art has always come from nature and the landscape.
Many of the materials were gathered in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
In the winter they burn the marshes to promote new growth in the spring.
The process of the first growth in early spring through the lush growth of summer to the remnants of late fall and winter capture my attention. The changes and cycle that nature goes through are my focus . The burning the refuge conducts in the winter to promote new growth in the spring integrate human action with nature, to work in conjunction to foster regeneration of the marshes.


This work is mainly from 2015. As I have continued to work my art continues to evolve. I have always used a variety of materials that include pine wood, phragmites, marsh elder, dog fennel, hibiscus, switch grass, black needle rush and willow.. In my wanderings I constantly come across plants that I may have seen before but have just taken no notice of until I see it for the potential it may hold for my work.
Because the inspiration for my work comes from nature the time I spend outdoors is the equivalent to time spent in the studio. The process is ongoing whether I am collecting or actually constructing a sculpture. Many of the pieces have been constructed outdoors.


These sculptures were created from material I gather from the fields and marshes mainly on the eastern shore of Maryland. The materials and the form they take are strongly influenced by the environment they originate from.



These sculptures were installations at the Adkins Arboretum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. They were created between the years 2010-2016 as part of the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational- Artist Dialogue With The Landscape.
The materials they were constructed from include marsh elder, cherry wood, bamboo, pine wood and dog fennel.


Thee are earlier works. My travels take me to many locations around Maryland but I am increasingly collecting more of my materials from the fields and marshes of the Eastern Shore.

  • Lacuna

    This piece is costructed from dog fennel. It is approximately H-75" x W-24" x D-24".
  • Resist - Wolfson Ray

    This piece is constructed from Dog Fennel and Sensitive Fern, It is approximately H-50" x W 34" x D- 20".
  • Temple - Wolfson Ray

    This piece isconstructed from Dog Fennel . It is approximately H- 65" x W- 35" x D- 25".
  • Camouflage - Wolfson Ray

    This piece is constructed from Marsh Elder, Dog Fennel. It is approximately H-60"x W-60"x D-15".
  • Incline - Wolfson Ray

    This piece is constructed from Dog Fennel. It is approximately H-65" x W- 36" x D-90".
  • Range - Wolfson Ray

    This piece is constructed from Pine Bark and Dog Fennel. I is approximately H-40"x W 30" x D-30".
  • Facade - Wolfson Ray

    This piece is constructed from Marsh Elder. It is approximately H-45" x W- 45" x D 24".
  • Construction

    H 20" x W-20" x D-20" - Grass, phragmites


My love of nature led me to collect a variety of plants for my sculptures which acted as a catalyst for my ideas.

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