Mary Iverson’s Paintings Document Our Tumultuous Relationship with Nature

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Seattle-based artist Mary Iverson creates oil paintings that both celebrate nature and comment on our problematic choices surrounding it. Slashes and geometric shapes obscure parts of the pristine backdrops depicted by the artist, using an X-acto knife to cut through her initial creations. Here, sites like the California coast and Mount Rainier are overcome by shipping containers and similar, intrusive objects. Iverson was last featured on here. Iverson was featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 21.

The artist maintains that her latest body of work, “Eden,” comments on the moment between creation and destruction. “By destruction, I mean climate change and the resulting loss of our earthly paradise,” Iverson says, in a statement. “We know what to avoid doing, but we are doing it anyway. To avoid irreversible climate change, we need to invest in renewable energy instead of fossil fuel extraction infrastructure. But we just elected a president that has promised to bolster the oil industry.”

In addition to climate change, she’s also commenting on the role that commerce plays in this process. “Eden currently occupies Chandran Gallery in San Francisco, running through Feb. 5. The artist’s mural projects, located throughout the U.S. Northwest, makes use of the artist’s knack for geometric forms.

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