Mary Ann Prack
Media: Ceramic, Sculpture
Florida Atlantic University
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
My background includes three generations of family artist tradition encompassing sculpture, painting, and architecture. From this foundation I have developed artwork that transforms my personal vocabulary of form, color, line and texture into what are for me spirited, serious and elegant abstractions of the human form. My work stems from an intuitive source, rather than a response to social trends and movements, moral causes or political statements. My subjects are vehicles which connect my inner spirit to a tangible sculptural form, expressed through the use of intense, luminous colors and sharply defined shapes, tensioned against sensuous organic forms and surfaces. Each of my sculptures are original, I take great care with each as if it were the only one, which of course it is. I was drawn to clay on many levels; from childhood remembrances to the discovery of its unlimited potential for creative expression, and to the fulfillment that comes with having complete control over every stage of the artistic process.
I have always found it challenging to define my work; attach it to a particular style or influence, to put it in a box. Even titles are purposely illusive giving the viewer the freedom to interpret what they see for themselves. I believe that if you experience my sculpture or paintings with an open mind and heart you will understand what it is I am saying, without words.
All of my work is original; hand-built in the studio from a blend of stoneware clays. Most pieces are semi-abstract; figurative in form; usually very colorful; with a distinctive abstract expressionist style that I have developed over the past twenty-five years. On a commission basis, the final design can also be executed in traditional cast bronze, brass or stainless steel working through a local foundry here in North Carolina. In addition, single, large-scale designs can be completed with fusion bonded metals over the original resin-bonded clay or kiln fired clay sculpture.