Mary V. Marsh has been making art 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 are included in many university library collections. She is currently a Fellowship Artist 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.
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Exploring my own relationship to reading, I look at the intersection of mass media and our personal habits of its consumption. I think about how information is delivered, how it is perceived and the gaps between presentation and meaning. Each new format transforms the nature of our thinking. Through the materials and techniques an evolving history of mass communication is suggested. The work evokes both nostalgia and the anxiety produced by constant and rapid change.
-Mary V. Marsh