Mary Hrbacek

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"Dark Monarch," is a tree I found in an enchanted glenn in Scotland
Anthropomorphic trees I found in Viareggio, Italy.
Anthropomorphic tree I found among 400 year old sycamores in Viareggio, IT
Anthropomorphic tree I found in Central Park South. One of my favorite trees.
"Use-refuse" refers to our choice to either protect or destroy our earth
Mary
Hrbacek
Artist's Statement

Inspired by the metaphors of transformation in Roman poet Ovid's work, The Metamorphoses, my new group of drawings and paintings, The World Tree Series, is suffused with feelings of revelation and regeneration evoked by anthropomorphic trees I have discovered during my travels. I have been drawing trees for ten years, while also working from the live model. Gradually the human physique and tree limbs merged in my psyche, fusing human and tree anatomy into deconstructed tree forms, disclosing an imaginative perception of them as a refuge and a sanctuary. The trees reconfigure to reveal dark monarchs, monsters, entwined figures, animals, body parts and facial features. I employ expressive color to expand the dramatic potential of the images, using it as an iconoclastic element that eliminates any naturalistic references.

Bio/Resume

MARY HRBACEK

www.maryhrbacek.com
AWARDS

1999 "American Drawing Biennial VI," MUSCARELLE MUSEUM, College of William & Mary, VA,
Curator: ANN PHILBIN, Director, THE DRAWING CENTER, NYC. JUROR'S PRIZE.
1999 "Yosemite Renaissance," YOSEMITE MUSEUM GALLERY, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA
Traveled to 7 sites, Curator: OAKLAND MUSEUM, CA - HONORABLE MENTION.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009 CREON GALLERY, NYC, “Icons,” Curator: Norm Hinsey
2006 ROGER SMITH ARTS, “World Tree Series - Drawings” Curators: Matthew Semler, Paul Sharpe,
and Dominick Lombardi, NYC
1999 TRENTON CITY MUSEUM, Curator: Brian Peterson, Michener Art Museum,PA Invitationals at Ellarslie,"

EDUCATION M.S. Adelphi University, NY, Magna Cum Laude,
San Francisco Art Institute, CA
B.S. University of Dayton, OH