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  • Some.Time.Salon 91 Walter Street San Francisco, CA, 94114 United States (map)


Back in the 90s, sitting in her studio staring at all the detritus and ephemera gathered to make assemblages, Mary Durell was overwhelmed by decisions. She simplified. She chose one medium. She’s been working with tracing paper and wheat paste ever since.

However, Mary’s works are not simplistic. There is a serious craft to them, a painstakingly meticulous process that is both a challenge and a comfort. Mary’s long term familiarity with her materials informs her method. She knows the bounds of the delicate paper, when to work slow and be patient. Mary creates a wheat paste paper, lets it dry, molds it into shape, then adds another 30-40 layers of paper to create structure and support. This method is meditative to her, it nourishes her creative process by providing a consistent starting point to sidestep writers block or indecision.

SOME.TIME.SALON will be showing new works by Mary Durell. In the living room: a round, orb-like sculpture that emanates a soft glow alongside biomorphic squiggles shaped by tracing paper and highlighted with neon orange paint. The orb feeds off natural light to emphasize its translucency, the delicacy of the process, and its complexity; whereas the vivid orange of the wall hangings capture and refract light. In the hall: an installation of paper wall hangings are Mary’s exploration into creating a more practical and approachable body of work in two dimensions. They veer away from the softer, curved lines of Mary’s other work into a linear geometry still focused on form and composition. This installation mimics Mary’s studio where the wall space is covered in bits of paper experimentations, a visual representation of her ideaphoria.