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      Artist Statement

      Mary-Jo Lough head shot standing with hannds on hips

      The process of creating art functions as an energetic escape valve for me.  Painting is a space where I can lay down my “mask”, relinquish control, and give my impulses and intuition free rein. While depicting my interior life as a neurodivergent person my work flows from my subconscious. Through my art, I extend an invitation for the viewer to navigate the world with me through an ADHD lens. 

      My work represents the convergence of overstimulation and containment. I begin by applying thin acrylic layers and multimedia to create a foundation.  From here I utilize line and pattern to harness the uninhibited background. I build energy into my work by focusing on elaborate detail and establishing depth through layering. 

      Being personally drawn to the intensity and energy of competing forces I utilize contrast to demonstrate the delicate balancing act between extremes.  The give and take between complication and simplicity are indicative of how I process the world.  I push the element of contrast through my choice of colour, value, mark-making, and shapes. I create energetic, bold, and intricately detailed work by utilizing high contrast, layering, line, and pattern.

      Biography

      Mary-Jo Lough is a vivid and detailed abstract artist based in Calgary, Alberta. She expresses her unique vision on stretched canvas with acrylic and multi-media. She has completed Abstract Painting and Colour Theory courses at the University of Calgary and numerous workshops to further her practice.  Additionally, she has been mentored by Master artists and is currently a facilitator for several artist groups with Mastrius.

      In 2020 her triptych piece “The Sky is Crying” was featured at the Renovation show in Calgary.  Her piece “Good Thing Gone” achieved Gallea’s “The Best of Abstract Art” in 2020, and in 2021 “Complicated Contentment” achieved the same honor.

      Lough exhibited her interactive piece, “To Flourish” in the 2022 Boxed Stories project at LOFT 112 in Calgary. Additionally, she hosted solo exhibitions for her Atypical collection in 2022 and her Divergent collection in 2021 at LOFT112.  In the Summer of 2022, she was chosen to participate in the collective shows, Abstract² - The Square Foot Show and 100 Days of Summer – The Mastrius Art Show.

      Lough was chosen to exhibit at the juried Emerging Artist Showcase at the Ranchmen’s Club in 2020.  In 2020 she exhibited in the “Viral Art” show at the Galleria Cael in Milan, Italy. Lough was also selected for the curated Art Market & Craft Show in both 2020 & 2021 and is currently preparing for 2022.  Lough’s work is held in several private & corporate collections.

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