It Was 1970,  acrylic on wood, 6"x6"x4"

Untitled (red and pink floor piece)  ceramic    photo:David Fleming

Untitled  (wood floor piece)   paint on wood 

Peppermint, acrylic and oil on mdf, 24"x24", 2011

The Agony of Death After the Agony of Life    acrylic on contact paper2013   Photo:David Fleming


Perhaps it is the small size of a dollhouse, the overt fa├žade of a theater set, or the particular voice of a storyteller that sparks my curiosity. I like to think of painting as alchemy: a process of exploration and discovery that is both intuitive and calculated. I am interested in exploring the physical characteristics of paint in addition to its history as a medium that represents something other than itself. I look for occasions when substance and meaning are equally recognizable. To me, the most compelling attribute of representation is the inevitable abstraction that takes place in doing so.


Mary Laube received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa B.F.A. from Illinois State University. She received a grant from the Iowa Arts Council for the project Roses and Rue, which will be exhibited as a solo exhibition at Old Brick in Iowa City. Recent exhibitions have taken place at Illinois State University, Knox College in Galesburg, University of Northern Iowa, Lease Agreement in Baltimore, and Circuit 12 Contemporary in Dallas. She attended the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2012 and will be a resident at the Vermont Studio Center in 2014. Her work has been published in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, and a number of online publications. She is currently working on a number of collaborative projects with other artists including a fellow painter, a poet, and a composer. In addition to painting, Laube enjoys teaching, writing, and solving crosswords.

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