Mary V. Marsh was born in Portland, Oregon and has been making art and working in libraries in the Bay Area since 1984. She received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992, where she met her soul-mate and collaborator Tony Bellaver. She has exhibited in many venues in the Bay Area and makes artist's books and multiples under Quite Contrary Press. Work is available through Seager Gray Gallery, Vamp & Tramp, Abecedarian Artists' Books and Kala Art Institute. Works have been purchased for many museum and library collections. She is currently an Artist in Resident at Kala Art Institute.
Quite Contrary Press offers limited edition and unique artist’s books, prints and sculptures made in Oakland by Tony Bellaver and Mary V. Marsh individually and collaboratively.
Exploring the intersection of media consumption and personal habits,
I think about information delivery systems and how the gap between presentation and meaning is perceived. Each new format for communication transforms the nature of thinking. I record the patterns of daily activities and observations in journal drawings and diary entries. Notes and ideas are synthesized with media images into prints, artist’s books and assemblages. Materials and techniques suggest a history of printing, nostalgia, and anxiety from constant and rapid changes.