• b. 1983
    Based in Los Angeles, California

    Education

    MFA, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2014
    BFA, Fiber and Material Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2008
    BA, Painting and Drawing, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2006

    Solo Exhibitions

    2016 Cloth Dripping, Xpace Gallery, Toronto, ON
    2015 Sung From the Mouth of Cumae, Art Gallery of Mississauga (XIT-RM), Mississauga, ON
    2014 Of Becoming, Special Projects Gallery, York University Toronto, ON
    2013 Metamorphosis, Gales Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON
    2010 She Speaks Softly, Three Birds Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2009 Native Origins, Artcroft, Carlisle, KY
    2007 Process of Being, Café Macchiato, Newburgh, NY

    Group Exhibitions

    2017 _Lo / Wave, curated by Justin Hopkins, Noh / Wave Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    2016 Afterimage, curated by Katie Bruce and Phoebe Todd-Parrish, Toronto, ON
    2016 Loose Ends, curated by Noa Bronstein, Typology, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON
    2015 Escape Plans, curated by Marjan Verstappen, Younger Than Beyonce Gallery, Toronto, ON
    2015 On the Crown of a Cusp, curated by Arianne Di Nardo, Love Art Fair, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON
    2015 Long Winter, The Great Hall, Toronto, ON
    2014 World of Threads, Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville, ON
    2014 Refined Linen, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, ON
    2014 Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling, Cross Sections, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    2014 Art @ Suite 500, Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, Toronto, ON
    2014 to tell of things changed, p | m Gallery, Toronto, ON
    2013 Warp and Weft: A Collaboration With Zoe Heyn-Jones, Special Projects Gallery, Toronto, ON
    2013 Proem, York University Gales Gallery, Toronto, ON
    2013 Art Spin, Tower Automotive Building, Toronto, ON
    2012 Gradients, York University Gales Gallery, Toronto, ON
    2011 Unresolved, Cellspace, San Francisco, CA
    2010 Nature vs Machine, Three Birds Gallery Chicago, IL
    2008 Interface, Brickermade Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2008 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago BFA Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
    2008 Department Store, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
    2007 Muddy Cup, Beacon, NY
    2007 Who We Are, Beacon, NY
    2006 Mary Grisey & Philip Deyman, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
    2006 Undergraduate Exhibition, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
    2005 Undergraduate Exhibition, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Lectures and Academic Presentations

    2015 Artist Talk, Mary Grisey: Sung From the Mouth of Cumae, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON
    2015 Panel Discussion, Why Women Thrive in the Arts, Love Art Fair, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, ON
    2014 Artist talk, Université du Québec à Montréal, MFA graduate student exchange, Montréal, QC
    2014 Artist talk, Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    2014 Artist talk, Feminist Art Conference, OCADU, Toronto, ON

    Publications and Press

    2017 OtherPeoplesPixels Interview, June 15, 2017
    2016 30 Second Film Artists Interview, June 1, 2016
    2016 Canthius Literary Journal, Spring-Summer 2016, issue 02
    2016 Cloth Dripping, Exhibition Essay by Mary Ma
    2016 Akimblog, Review of Cloth Dripping and Vulgar Era by Terrence Dick
    2016 Loose Ends, Exhibition Catalogue
    2016 Art Toronto: Loose Ends at Typology Projects
    2016 Canadian Art: Inside Mary Grisey's Toronto Studio
    2016 The Kit Compact, Spirited Away, February Issue, by Alex Laws
    2015 Normale Magazine Interview
    2015 Sung From the Mouth of Cumae Exhibition Essay, curatorial statement by Kendra Ainsworth
    2015 Mississauga News
    2015 The Medium
    2015 Venison Magazine Interview
    2015 Here & There Magazine Interview
    2015 Steadfast Arte Magazine Interview
    2015 NOW Toronto
    2015 Love Art Fair Blog
    2014 Of Becoming, Ruin Issue, Drain: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture
    2014 Must-Sees This Week: April 10-16, 2014, Toronto and Area, Canadian Art
    2014 World of Threads Fibre Interview
    2014 On Becoming and Other Things, curatorial essay by Natasha Chaykowski
    2014 Inspiration Board: Mary Grisey, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
    2014 On Transformation, York University MFA Exhibition Catalogue, essay by Natasha Chaykowski

    Distinctions, Awards, Residencies

    2016 Samuel Sarick Purchase Award, York University
    2016 Windgate full fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
    2014 Artist in Residence with Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
    2014 The Drake Lab: Akin Collective Studio Residency, Toronto, ON
    2012-2014 York University International Scholarship
    2012-2014 York University Graduate Scholarship
    2009 Artist in Residence, Artcroft, Carlisle, KY
    2008 SAIC Advanced Fiber and Material Studies
    2007-2008 SAIC Merit Scholarship Award
    2007 SAIC Incentive Scholarship
    2006 Dean’s List, Marist College


    Artist Statement

    How do we understand, connect with and react to traces of the metaphysical? My work is about becoming, a process that encompasses both doing and undoing; energy goes into my materials and then there is a natural or simulated process of destruction. Transformation is central to my practice: a metamorphosis that reveals the ruin and beauty of both the body and the psyche. With the intention of revealing layers and residual deterioration, I unravel, scratch, burn and peel parts of the work. I use many natural materials in my practice—particularly linen, sisal rope and dye—which exude a distinct smell and permeate the senses before the demanding visuality commands attention. This address to the olfactory helps to create an active environment rather than a static installation. My works, unlike the products of conventional fiber practices, bear traces of my hand—bits of imperfect or unfinished warp and weft—and the inexact results of hand-dyeing. Parts of the work are undone, unmade and unraveled, lending credence to their indeterminate nature. While the process of weaving, in its demanding repetition and methodical rhythm, is a contemplative endeavor typically exact in execution, the ruinous state of these works points to my interest in the limits of the physical and preoccupation with the ethereal.

    I am fascinated by the connection between the physical and metaphysical, and, in this vein, I take ancient mythology, metamorphosis, ruination and entropy as inspirations in my work. Like ruins, my works are remnants of what was once whole; they are inscribed with traces of their previous life, death endured and the hereafter. My works embody these remnants that prefigure thought and feeling.