“For most people, seaweed is a nuisance–something to avoid. My work presents a new awareness for consideration and offers new insights into the mysteries and beauty of the marine world.”
Mary Chatowsky Jameson is a Rhode Island native, current Newport resident, and the owner of Saltwater Studio. She is an artist who explores the marine environment for inspiration in her artwork. Her Marine Botanical pressings and collages are created from seaweed and organic elements collected on excursions throughout the northern Atlantic coast.
Mary began her artistic career after she was introduced to Gyotaku printing in the British West Indies while working on a sailboat captained by a marine scientist. After being invited to try the fish pressing method she “commenced on a personal journey of exploring the marine environment through her art.”
Mary says about her current work, “I am exploring marine algae as a contemporary art form. I collect specimens and organic matter from the intertidal zones along the coast. Back at the studio I study the shape, texture and color of individual species and start a process of symbiotic layering to create new forms. At times I do not combine specimens but am responding to the essence of an individual piece of algae. It may be an essence that embodies the ocean, the unique properties of this organism, or simply my relationship to it at the moment. A key concept with my work is transformation. As I create new forms, the known and unknown intersect in a dynamic way to challenge thought patterns. For most people, seaweed is a nuisance–something to avoid. My work presents a new awareness for consideration and offers new insights into the mysteries and beauty of the marine world.”
A rotating selection of Mary’s Marine Botanical pressings and collages are always available at Blink Gallery. We caught up with Mary a while ago for a more in depth interview. Check it out on the blog.