Mary Burger makes paintings and mixed-media works using biomorphic and geometric patterns, repeating and misrepeating shapes to find new vocabularies. She treats color and pattern as languages that she’s continually relearning, where meaning comes from relationships between elements and a shift in relationship creates a shift in meaning.
Mary is a poet and environmental designer as well as a visual artist. Drawing on these practices, she considers the intersections between natural and cultural adaptations and shifting perceptual habits. As human activity alters the natural environment, human can’t be separated from nature. Humans have transformed nature through habitat destruction, the spread of toxins, the eradication of species, and the violent disruption of our own communities, yet these consequences also reveal our place in natural systems. In her work, Mary looks for ways to engage with those contradictions