Mary McKenzie: A Malleable Radiance

Mary McKenzie: A Malleable Radiance




Mary McKenzie’s ceramic practice evokes the tension between tenderness and devastation. Her ceramic forms explore the human body through emotive gestures, standing in contemplation or bowed in grief, poses evoking deep emotion. Transforming into vessels in her recent work, the essence of figurative emotional evocation explores grief and transformation. McKenzie’s work is an intimate exploration, transcending the boundaries of form into an exploration of the vibrancy of scale, surface, and materials. McKenzie’s work, rather than holding space, makes space for grief and healing, gestures of intimate tragedy evocative in the mark-making that suffuse the surface of her vessel forms. From her viscous globular glazes, human-scale vessels that are intimately tied in embrace, to the riot of colour and textures in her ceramic and textile vessels, McKenzie’s current works are part of a longer thread of her career and practice, exploring the personal and domestic infused with the possibility of transformation.