Jenna Evans

Fear and Art

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I have had so much fun with this photo essay! I got to interview the Artist, Thrifter, and dear friend Mary Lee about her home. Mary shared the stories of her art pieces and projects. Thrifting is a creative writing tool for her- if an object or piece's story is unknown she creates it.

Mary explained to me the fear of an artist in her interview, "It's definitely fear that drives me, but it's also what keeps me from it. I have to work around the fear, use it as a motivator. But it also completely paralyzes me." She goes on to explain that we've all been in the class with that one desperate person. We all know "He's never going to make it." Everyone pity's them, yet we let them indulge in their delusion. "...It becomes a heart wrenching situation and we all worry we are that person."

Mary's home was built in 1962,  she explains that as they lived in the home she was really grateful they didn't gut the house right away when purchased. "Overtime I've let the house inform any artistic decisions I make." You can feel the year the home was built in, plus Mary's take on it as you walk through. It really is a work of art. 

Shelf Silhouette
Clock Living Room
Wall Work
Shelf Detail
Fabric Globe
  This Studio, an addition to the house, is lined with french windows along the sides. This is Mary's space used for new homes of thrifted objects, art projects, and Yoga. 

 This Studio, an addition to the house, is lined with french windows along the sides. This is Mary's space used for new homes of thrifted objects, art projects, and Yoga. 

Skull Tree
 One of her favorite pieces in her studio is Lady Magdalena of the desert, who was found near Bryce canyon on a camping trip in a dumpster. Mary took her in, transformed her, and now is proudly displayed in her studio with a case, prizes, and fortunes bellow. 

One of her favorite pieces in her studio is Lady Magdalena of the desert, who was found near Bryce canyon on a camping trip in a dumpster. Mary took her in, transformed her, and now is proudly displayed in her studio with a case, prizes, and fortunes bellow. 

 Another project Mary is currently working on is a work of art a day that fits into an 8 track tape holder case. It's a 365 day project for the year 2016, Mary is planning to make mostly small books that fit in the slots to push her art and document a year

Another project Mary is currently working on is a work of art a day that fits into an 8 track tape holder case. It's a 365 day project for the year 2016, Mary is planning to make mostly small books that fit in the slots to push her art and document a year

 Photo booths are loved unconditionally in their home- I often found little pictures of Mary, Daryl- her husband, and the kids when they were young. 

Photo booths are loved unconditionally in their home- I often found little pictures of Mary, Daryl- her husband, and the kids when they were young. 

Desk Photos
Studio Space
Work Space
Rear View Bird
Vanity Piece
Kitchen
Kitchen Table
Sink Color
Family Dog
Tree Hall
Tree Wall

I asked Mary any advice she'd give to new artists or ones that struggle with the fear of art. She replied with,

"Give yourself permission to start. Call yourself an artist. Don't wait. There are so many reasons why people wont give you permission, and you're going to be the one that suffers." She then goes on with, "Do it big! I've spent a lot of years doing little projects and stories but hiding them. A lot of people who are successful are socially tone-deaf, and they don't realize that what they are doing is absurd. Then suddenly what they're doing isn't absurd anymore. They're legitimate. But those of us who are just self conscious enough to know we look like an idiot, that we're not quite pulling it off- we're the ones who always look stupid and never pull it off. So do it big."