Mary Early

Meet Mary Early. Mary is an artist based in Washington, DC. She is Director, Hemphill Fine Arts, Member of the Board of Washington Sculptors Group and Hamiltonian. I've followed and admired her work for a long time. Recently, I had the opportunity to make portraits in her studio located in an industrial building tucked into a far corner of Brookland. Mary is a rock star. And, her work - next level.  Music and photography go hand in hand for me. I played Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and brought a little Motown to the studio that day. Thanks for a fun shoot Mary.

 Mary Early. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson, 2016.

Mary Early. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson, 2016.

What projects are you working on now?


I am currently pouring approximately 10,000 cast beeswax lines for a temporary installation to take place in Washington in 2017. I am also planning a small show of works made of paper and ink for an artist-run gallery in Tubingen, Germany in 2017.

In May, my work will be included in a group show entitled “A Consideration of Bees,” at Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, VA. Much of my working process is in response to place, and time. There's an idea loitering around and then the place for it, or a place appears and then the idea forms.

The work for Chroma Art Projects was conceived over the course of a few days in response to the physical characteristics of the exhibition space, the amount of time availablein which to complete the work, and of course the theme of the show.

In June one of my beeswax installations will appear in a traveling exhibition of American and Austrian artists at IM Ersten Gallery, Vienna. The constraints there are that the objects must fit inside a standard wood shipping crate.

 Mary Early. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson, 2016.

Mary Early. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson, 2016.

Favorite exhibition at the moment?
 

Fred Sandbeck at the Glenstone Museum. And, on principle, Robert Irwin’s exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum, though I have not seen it yet. 

What are you reading?

The Washington Post.

 Detail. Mary Early's Studio. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson, 2016

Detail. Mary Early's Studio. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson, 2016

Where do you get your best ideas? What is your process?


I am still working on the one first idea, everything unfolds out of that. The spark comes from seeing a new sky space, a new architecture.

My physical working process is very methodical. I often create objects out of a series of fabrication processes which are repeated to mass-produce subtly different multiples in large quantities. The quantities then become a unified single thing.

 Mary Early. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson

Mary Early. Photograph by E. Brady Robinson

What are you listening to when you’re working in the studio?
 

NPR. Or the sound of quiet.