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Villa #4B

Villa #4B
Found Wood, Metal & Photograph 15" x 22" x 6" 2016

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About Mary

Baltimore County

Mary Opasik has been working with found object assemblage for 28 years.  She grew up in Baltimore's postindustrial society whose streets and woods were littered with discarded materials.  Opasik's affinity for repurposing is expressed in her sculptural art. Before graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1989 with her B.F.A degree, Mary Opasik worked as a registered nurse for eighteen years while attending art classes at night. The medical profession and personal... more

Aquatica

Aquatica is my series of found object assemblage based on oceanic life.
The refuse of our shores and tossed fragments become the bones of new sculpture.
I am driven to collect objects that have an interesting look, feel & aura about them. Usually the pieces seem to find me as I am walking in the woods, streets and shorelines. Sometimes it takes years for me to see a connection between two random objects. From there I find other pieces that seem to link. As the assemblage develops I have many pieces to edit to find the essence. Using hand tools I screw, nail, pin, weld or rivet fragments together.

  • Bottom Feeder

    Bottom Feeder
    Horse Harness Parts, Aged Metals, Candle Holder, Formica Assemblage 20" x 28" x 9" 2017
  • Chair Fish

    Chair Fish
    Chair & Auto Parts, Aged Metals Assemblage 13" x 21" x2" 2017
  • Hanger Fish

    Hanger Fish
    Aged Metals & Wooden Coat Hanger Parts Assemblage 22" x 9" x 3" 2017
  • Blue Fish

    Blue Fish
    Found Metal, Auto Parts, Hardened Steel, Door & Trashcan Parts Assemblage 13" x 27" x 3" 2016
  • Rake Fish

    Rake Fish
    Wood, Steel, & Rake Part Assemblage 16" x 28" x2" 2016
  • Cymbal Fish

    Cymbal Fish
    Found chair parts, cymbal, crutch parts, Afro fan pick 18" x 25" x 4" 2017
  • Mariner

    Mariner
    Found Chair & Wood Parts, Embossed Tin 18" x 21" x6" 2017
  • Grilled Fish

    Grill Fish
    Catalytic Converter and Barbecue Grill Parts, Aged Metals 20" x 11" x 1" 2017
  • Swordfish

    Swordfish
    Thatching Rake Parts, Furniture Parts, Found Wood 17" x 26" x 9" 2017

Transylvania

In May 2015 I was an INSIDE ZONE resident artist in Borsec, Romania, a town at the base of the Carpathian mountainous. Throughout my life I had heard stories about my mysterious ancestral land of Transylvania.

During my urban exploration of the town’s crumbling villas, hospital and surrounding area, I took photographs. When I returned home I assembled frames from a few objects I collected there in addition to other materials from my studio. I created the odd sized structures first and then placed the archival pigment photographs inside the frames.

  • Hotel Transylvania

    Found clay roof tile fragment, wood, hardware, photograph H-20" W-13" D-1"
  • Machete

    Found machete, furniture parts, hardware, chains, 3 photographs H-32" W-19" D-2"
  • Vila A1

    Found wood, hardware, 1 photo H-12" W-9" D-2"
  • Vila Maharaja

    Found tool and furniture parts, wood, hardware, 3 photographs H-43" W-28" D-5"
  • Horse and Buggy

    Found objects, door parts, 1 photograph H-16" W-10" D-1"
  • Two Suitcases

    Found wood, trunk parts, 1 photograph H-10" W-14" D-1"
  • The Gypsy House

    Found furniture seat, brass grating, 1 photograph H-13" W-17" D-1"
  • Policlinica

    Found painted wood, glass tubes, eyeglass rim, 5 photographs H-20" W-28" D-4"
  • Waiting Rooms

    Found furniture and door parts, tin, 3 photographs H-20" W-18" D-2"
  • Disco

    Found wood, tong part, 3 photographs H-24" W-18" D-4"

Transylvania Gallery Two

In May 2015 I was an INSIDE ZONE resident artist in Borsec, Romania, a town at the base of the Carpathian mountainous. Throughout my life I had heard stories about my mysterious ancestral land of Transylvania.

During my urban exploration of the town’s crumbling villas, hospital and surrounding area, I took photographs. When I returned home I assembled frames from a few objects I collected there in addition to other materials from my studio. I created the odd sized structures first and then placed the archival pigment photographs inside the frames.

  • Villa #4B

    Villa #4B
    Found Wood & Chair Parts, Aged Metals & Photograph Assemblage 15" x 22" x 6" 2016
  • Romany Baby

    Romany Baby
    Rusted Frame & Tricycle Part, Chains & Photograph Assemblage 20"x 17" x 8" 2016
  • Shut-In

    Shut-In
    Found Painted Wooden Door Parts, Tin & Photograph Assemblage 10" x 17" x 3" 2016
  • Borsec

    Borsec
    Burled Wood, Ceramic Spade & Fragment & Photograph Assemblage 12" x 9" x 3" 2016
  • Asylum

    Asylum
    Found Drawer & Door Parts, Rusty Pitcher & Ladle, Belt Parts & Photographs Assemblage 38" x 16" x 6" 2016
  • Asylum View

    Asylum View
    Found Wooden Chair Parts & Photograph Assemblage 17" x 10" x 1" 2016

Birdland Gallery One

Bird imagery has always held my interest. I create unexpected mixed media avian forms from found and recycled objects.

In my studio I still have many piles of unfinished bird projects which I will continue to work on in the future. Sometimes it takes years to see a link between the disparate pieces. Usually I see a connection between two objects and then begin the creative process. Other times I leave project until it hits me what the next object should be. At times I've cut into a piece but it's too late. From there I let the work tell me what it wants. I work and rework the grouping of objects until the assemblage feels complete.

  • Prehistoric Birds

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and saw parts, aged metals, repurposed tools H-48" W-36" D-9"
  • Quacker

    Found object wall assemblage: sink and pencil sharpener parts, brass, oil can opener H-12" W-9" D-6" Collection of Dan Shapiro and Cathy Leaycraft, Baltimore, MD
  • Pimpkin

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, wood, hardware, wood, keys H-12" W-13" D-6" Collection of Gail Langstroth, Baltimore, MD
  • White House Birds

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, keys, springs H-11" W-22" D-3"
  • Sentinel

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and bicycle parts, aged metals, bathtub leg H-19" W-11" D-6"
  • Majestic Bird

    Found Object Wall Assemblage: furniture parts, bathtub leg, aged metals, tin, hardware H-24" W-14" D-6"
  • Bird Mother

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and shovel parts, hardware, wood, paint, wooden bowl, bulb holder H-16" W-13" D-8" Collection of Terrie Chastain, Baltimore, MD
  • Bird of Prey

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and shovel parts, aged metals, wood, hardware H-24" W-19" D-6" Collection of Thea Osato, Baltimore, MD

Birdland Gallery Two

Bird imagery, with its rich abundance of visual metaphor, has always fascinated me. It has taken shape in “Birdland”, my series of wall assemblages.

As if risen from the ashes like a phoenix, a multitude of found objects—cast-off furniture parts, aged metals and hardware--have materialized into avian forms of fancy, shaped by my vision and the tools and processes of my studio, which together attempt to re-interpret and honor the unique histories betrayed by each weathered component.

Most of the materials in each assemblage were found in local wooded areas as I walked my dog; some were passed along to me by dear friends. My tools and processes are simple: files, chisels, band saws and sanders used sparingly on disparate pieces bolted, riveted, screwed, brazed, and occasionally welded.

"Birdland" was a solo exhibition in 2012 at David Simpson Gallery

  • Cockerel

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and stove parts, aged metals, shrimp peeler, keys H-24" W-20" D-8"
  • Lawn Bird

    Found object wall assemblage: sprinkler and rake parts, aged metals, key H-12" W-16" D-3"
  • Hoot

    Found object wall sculpture: furniture and shovel parts, hardware, springs H-15" W-18" D-6" Collection of Bill and Ann Hughes, Baltimore, MD
  • Escapee

    Found object wall assemblage: Furniture parts, key, brass hardware, wood H-6" W-7" D-3"
  • Endangered Species

    Found object wall assemblage: toy gunstock, furniture parts, aged metals, hardware, springs H-25" W-15" D-6"
  • Duckling

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, boat block and tackle, hooks, aged metals H-12" W-11" D-7" Collection of Lois Borgenicht, Baltimore, MD
  • Pinko

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and handrail parts, aged metals, hardware H-29" W-12" D-4" Collection of Jack William Thurber, Sacramento, CA
  • Morning

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture, lamp and shovel parts H-36" W-27" D-8" Sold by David Simpson Gallery, Hunt Valley, MD
  • Lovebird

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, painted wood, key H-23" W-16" D-8" Collection of Zelig and Linda Robinson, Baltimore, MD
  • Dolly

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and handrail parts, wood, hardware H-29" W-12" D-4"

Petite Towns of Character

Traveling and exploring in Brittany, France during a month-long artist residency was the impetus for my body of found object townscapes. Using abandoned paint boxes left by previous artists at the chateau in Rochefort-en-Terre, I began to create my townscapes vision. In my home studio I have continued the evolving, travel-based series using found objects discovered on my daily walks in the woods with my dog. I create my work primarily with old furniture parts, aged metals and cast-off hardware.

  • Old Delhi II

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and door parts, aged metals, hardware, paint H-17" W-31" D-6" Sold by JLP Gallery at Green Spring Station
  • Green City

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture, rake and door parts, aged metals H-22" W-18" D-9"
  • Morbihan

    Found object wall assemblage: door and furniture parts, hardware, aged metals H-14" W-19" D-5" Collection of James A. Wheeler III and Nancy Scheinman, Towson, MD
  • Japan: 3-11-11

    Found object wall assemblage: VW and tricycle parts, aged metals, rubber balls H-30" W-18" D-16" Exhibited at Fleckenstein Gallery, 2012
  • Old Baltimore

    Found object wall assemblage: ladder and paint box parts, wood, hardware, aged metals H-28" W-27" D-5" Exhibited at "Free State At The Peale" 2014
  • Hampden

    Found object wall assemblage: aged woods, rake parts, discarded lawn ornaments H-30" W-27" D-8" Exhibited at Fleckenstein Gallery, 2012
  • Fez

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and door parts, aged metals, hardware H-18" W-17" D-3" Exhibited at Fleckenstein Galley, 2012
  • Fortress

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture, rake and door parts, aged metals, paint, rake teeth H-14" W-19" D-5" Sold by MICA
  • Morocco

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture, door & wood parts, paint, aged metals H-15" W-15" D-6" Exhibited at Fleckenstein Gallery 2012
  • River City

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture, rake, sprinkler and shovel parts, wire H-28" W-36" D-6" Collection of Andrew Shindler, Baltimore, MD

Skeletons and Cops

With my background in nursing I became engrossed with SKELETONS and anatomy. I felt driven to create my own interpretation of the human framework using furniture parts, old bathtub legs and copper tubing. "Family Secrets" is based on my own life experience of adoption and reunion.

COPS was influenced by the national television series "Homicide: Life on the Streets" filmed on location in Baltimore. Although the show was a fictional version of the Baltimore City Police Department's homicide unit, I've always been fascinated with true crime. I got to know some of Baltimore's homicide detectives and they inspired my work.

  • Family Secrets: (Father, Mother, Child)

    Found object assemblage: furniture, wood (burned), copper tubing, aged metals, spade parts, bathtub legs, hanging from metal stands H-70"" W-80" D-12"
  • Ooommm

    Furniture parts, aged metals, hardware H-36" W-24" D-13"
  • Blonde Skeleton

    Found object assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, brass, wood, metal stand H-72" W-21" D-26"
  • Labor of Love

    Found object sculpture: furniture parts, aged metals, hardware, painted door H-28" W-57" D-30"
  • Guard

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and tool parts, aged metals, wood, keys H-24" W-12" W-5"
  • Watch Commander

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and car parts, tin, copper, brass, stove and tool parts H-25" W-23" D-5" Collection of Vilja Lewis-Klein, Reisterstown, MD
  • Siren

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, plastic, lantern parts H-19" W-17" D-7" Collection of Detective Lieutenant Richard Long III, Baltimore MD
  • Cop-out

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and lantern parts, aged metals, rubber stamp H-19" W-15" D-4" Collection of Lee Anderson, Columbia, MD
  • Arrest

    Found object wall assemblage: bicycle and sled parts, tool and lock parts, aged metals, chain H-22" W-11" D-5" Collection of Kate Norris, Baltimore, MD
  • Detective Lieutenant

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and stove parts, aged metals, keys, brass, copper H-26" W-12" D-8" Sold by Catherine Evans

Adoption Series

Reunion with my only child who I had to relinquish for adoption at birth, has led me into a visual journey of familial experiences we all can share. Symbolic of a former secret life and identity, I unite found objects into sculpture.

  • Born Anew

    Found object wall assemblage: ladder parts, aged metals, copper, wood, tortoise shell H-18" W-11" D-7" Collection of Steve Ratoff
  • Single Parent

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and lamp parts, aged metals H-48" W-36" D-4" Collection of Terrie Chastain, Baltimore, MD
  • Avenger

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and tractor parts, aged metals H-30" W-29" D-4" Collection of Barbara and Louis Denrich, Owings Mills, MD
  • It's a Girl/Boy!

    Found object wall sculpture: furniture and stove parts, aged metals, wood H-36" W-29" D-4" Sold by Coast Gallery , Pebble Beach, CA
  • Searcher

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and shovel parts, aged metals, keys, copper H-32" W-23" D-5" Collection of Huntsville Museum of Art
  • In Custody

    Found object wall assemblage: lock parts, aged metals, chain, wood H-12" W-9" D-3" Sold by Images Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY
  • Birthmother

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, mirror, strainer H-49" W-20" D-4" Collection of Vilja Klein-Lewis, Reisterstown, MD
  • The Matriarch

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, stair spindle, paint H-45" W-18" D-4" Collection of Project Plase, Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Original Mother

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, wooden bowl, hardware, mirror H-24" W-24" D-4" Collection of Kasi Campbell, Columbia, MD
  • Birthfather

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture, door and sled parts, fishhook, gunstock H-44" W-14" D-5" Collection of Dana Lipsig, NY, NY

Adoption Series Continued

Reunion with my only child who I had to relinquish for adoption at birth, has led me into a visual journey expressive of familial experiences we all can share. Using found objects, symbolic of a former secret life and identity, are united and transformed into sculpture.

  • Boys Will Be Boys

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and wood parts, aged metals, canteen H-42" W-21" D-10" Sold by Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN
  • Linkage

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, drain, chain H-20" W-36" D-9" Sold by Coast Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA
  • Father Figure

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and wood parts, aged metals, rope H-38" W-23" D-12" Collection of Lane K. Berk, Baltimore, MD
  • Adoptee

    Found object wall assemblage: lock and door parts, aged metals, wood, brass bell, chain H-15" W-8" D-4" Collection of Raven Tata
  • Old Flame

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and fireplace parts, shovel heads, paint H-32" W-17" D-5" Sold by Coast Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA
  • Ancestor

    Found object wall assemblage: lock, trunk parts and shovel parts, aged metals, hardware H-17" W-7" D-2" Sold by Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN
  • Ancient Taboo

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture, door and andiron parts, aged metals, hardware H-33" W-7" D-4" Sold by Coast Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA
  • Safekeeping

    Found object wall assemblage: locks and gate parts. wood, sprinkler handle H-21" W-17" D-2" Collection of Thea Osato, Baltimore, MD
  • Guardian

    Found object wall assemblage: bathtub and furniture parts, hooks H-23" W-14" D-7" Collection of Tracy Thurber, Sacramento, CA
  • Re-Link-Wish

    Found object wall assemblage: door parts, hardware, aged metals, welded H-20" W-11" D-7" Sold by Coast Gallery, Pebble Beach, CA

Figures

Inspired by personal experiences to guide my work, I create figurative assemblages out of found objects. My materials are mainly cast-off furniture parts, aged metals and old hardware found weathered in the woods. I construct my art using basic tools such as saw, hammer, rivet gun, sander, screw driver. Typically I will attach the pieces with bolts, rivets, screws, or nails but on occasion I will use a welder to fuse metals.

  • Dancin' Fool

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, hardware, clock and watch parts, buckle H-17" W-22" D-4"
  • Forbidden Fruit

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, upholstery fabric H-53" W-43" D-7" Art exhibited at "Femme Fatale", Catonsville Community College
  • In Trouble

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, aged metals, burned matches, hardware H-30" W-26" D-3" Collection of Zelig and Linda Robinson, Baltimore, MD
  • Birder

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture and binocular holder parts, wood, wire H-21" W-11" D-8"
  • Tree Spirit

    Found object wall assemblage:furniture parts partially burned, aged metals, hardware H-33" W-20" D-10" Collection of Gary Koeppel, Pebble Beach, CA
  • Harbinger's Net

    Found object wall assemblage: tea kettle spouts, drift wood and shells, copper H-16" W-8" D-5" Collection of Terrie Chastain, Baltimore, MD
  • Passage

    Found object wall sculpture: furniture parts, aged metals, spring, key H-20" W-31" D-8"
  • Latch Key Child

    Found object wall assemblage: lock and door parts, chains, skate key H-13" W-8" D-7" Collection of Nanci Edwards, Alexandria, VA
  • Collector and Self Portrait

    Found object assemblage mounted on vintage dress mannequin: chains, wire rope, shells, aged metals, beads, broken jewelry bits. Found object wall assemblage portrait: bentwood fragment mounted on sheet metal with wrapped chains, ropes, wire. Objects similar to above on mannequin. H- 69" W-19" D-17" 2 artworks created for "Ordinary Woman", Site Specific Collaboration/Installation at Howard County Center for the Arts 2014
  • The Widow

    Found object wall assemblage: furniture parts, burned wood, copper, wire, tortoise shell H-35" W-24" D-8"

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