ABOUT THE WORK
I use a materially resonant non-objective language of painting, informed by my early training in ceramic sculpture, to situate my painting practice in the interconnectedness of humanity and the earth. This material language is derived from perceptions of the physical world integrated with multi-faceted experience of the human body: the color, marks and materiality of the work reference the body as well as the forms and processes of the natural landscape, situating the individual within the context of humanity and the physical world.
The directness of the facture contributes to the directness of the viewer's experience of the work as I access and mine the unique opportunities and exigencies of acrylic paint through acceptance of chance, negotiation between spontaneity and restraint, somatic and physical awareness, a sense of time/timing, and presence.
Mary Bucci McCoy is based in the greater Boston area in the coastal North Shore town of Beverly. She has had solo exhibitions at venues inlcuding Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; CG2 Gallery, Nashville, TN; Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA; the Artists Foundation, Boston, MA; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; and Salem State University, Salem, MA. Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg, Germany; Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; The Curator Gallery, New York, NY; Key Projects, Long Island City, NY; Divisible, Dayton, OH; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA; Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH; Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; Merrimack College, Andover, MA; and Emmanuel College, Boston, MA.
She has received a Luz Dorrien Faculty Development Award from Montserrat College of Art and a merit-based grant from the Vermont Studio Center in support of her February 2015 residency. She was a nominee for the 2013 Brother Thomas Fellowship Awards and is a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Painting Fellow. She is included in the curated White Columns Artist Registry, and her work is held in numberous private collections.
Born in New Jersey, Mary grew up in the Philadelphia area. She graduated from the Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts joint 5-year, 2-degree program with a BFA with a focus on sculpture and a BA in English. Upon graduation she received the Alice Pratt Traveling Scholarship from the SMFA Ceramics Department which allowed her to spend a year studying ceramic sculpture and glaze technology at l'Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Geneva, Switzerland (now Haute École d’Art et de Design Genève).
Boston Voyager, "Check out Mary Bucci McCoy's Artwork", July 16, 2018