Mary Coss

Mary Coss
Last Name: Coss
First Name: Mary
Country: United States
City: Seattle
Art Form: Installation

    Statement

    I am a visual artist working in sculpture, installation, and sound. My work is anchored in issues of identity. I am interested in exploring opportunities of cultural exchange and socially engaged art.

    Galleries

    Public Debt to the Suffragette
    Public Debt to the Suffragette
    The Struggle
    The Struggle
    Blood and Water
    Blood and Water

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    Events

    Starts: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 5:00 PM
    Ends: Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
    METHOD
    106 3rd Avenue South
    Seattle, United States

    98104
    Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 12-5 and by appointment. Mary Coss uses seductive imagery and poetic humor to share stories of the heart and mind. Bare breasts emerge from corsets; a towering bronze torso rises from a birdcage skirt while nostalgic photos reflect from floating corseted figures made from screen and umbrella parts. The work feels optimistic while witnessing a history of two steps forward, one step back.
    Starts: Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
    Ends: Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
    North Seattle Community College
    9600 College Way North
    Seattle, United States

    98103
    Artists include: Sabah Al-Dhaher, Juan Alonso, Jasmine Iona Brown, MalPina Chan, Mary Coss, Maura Donnegan, Akiko Jackson Inspired from nostalgia or issues of identity, this artwork reflects on the homeland roots of the artists featured. We are a people of migration, both voluntary and forced. This work is inspired by both heart and heartache, and reflects on this experience. The work is as diverse as the artists. Sculpture, installation, textile art, performance based, photography, and mixed media by artists of Latino, Asian, African and European descent are represented.Gallery Hours: M,F 11-3pm, T, W, Th 11-8pm
    Starts: Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 12:00 PM
    Ends: Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 6:00 PM
    The Wing
    719 King Street
    Seattle, United States
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
    North Seattle Community College Art Gallery
    9600 College Way North
    Seattle, United States

    98103
    Inspired from nostalgia or situations of circumstance, this diverse artwork reflects on identity and our relationship to our homeland roots. Curated by Mary Coss with Akiko Jackson, Carletta Carrington Wilson, Jasmine Iona Brown, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, MalPina Chan, Mary Coss, Maura Donegan, and Sabah Al-Dhaher.
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 PM
    METHOD
    106 3rd Avenue South
    Seattle, United States

    98104
    Starts: Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 5:00 PM
    Ends: Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 PM
    METHOD Gallery
    106 Third Ave S
    Seattle, United States

    98104
    My artwork reflects on customs within our social landscape. I’m exploring a narrative using artifacts, the cultural remnants of life, told through visuals and sound. I am using the imagery of a human bone as a relic to tell this story. Bones are the part of the body that endures. They are the structure, the essence of humanity that lasts through time. Just as the pelvic bone bears the weight of the body, Vow bears the weight of time, obligation, and tradition. Through birth or marriage, we create tradition and ceremony, we declare or inherit a personal commitment to others. Thirteen wedding gowns cover the framework of a large-scale pelvic bone to speak to the story of birth and rebirth, the ties that bind, a union of souls, cultural memory passed from one generation to another. Eternal tells the story of the life cycle through sound. The heartbeat sets a bassline and creates a foundation to tell the story. The soundtrack was composed in collaboration with my two daughters. Roxy’s orchestration merges the heartbeat with her tenor saxophone music and the rhythms of tap dance by my younger daughter, Sam. Traces, the exhibition’s namesake gives voice to the lost names of my foremothers. Each name, lost in marriage and gone before its time, is honored here as in a family journal. The cultural and physical merge in this work. It is a story of lineage, civilization, and belonging.
    Phone: 2067691151
    Starts: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at 2:40 AM
    Ends: Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 2:40 AM
    Agent C Gallery
    137th Street at 72A Ave
    Surrey, Canada
    I make art as a way to speak to the story of our times, to reconsider and re-frame our cultural landscape. My work explores memory and customs examining society, cultural inheritance, and the natural world. I am working on an archaeological dig of contemporary society, asking questions about life through a twist of materials and imagery. The unexpected in art challenges our fundamental way of looking. In this body of work, Public Debt to the Suffragette, I make use of seductive and unexpected common imagery mixed with nostalgia and language to share stories of the heart and mind. The work lays somewhere between the familiar and the uncomfortable. In The Frameworks of Who I Am, embellished lingerie made from window screen reflects cascading projections of both suffragettes and nostalgic portraits of the women from my family, my personal debt to the Suffragette. Reframing Linguistics asks us to reconsider other interpretations of this age old expression. A history of bronze use includes the making of war implements, in particular body armor. Using bronze to present intimate imagery creates a different context for the work. What at first seems understood, transforms to unveil layers of thought and interpretation. My naked thoughts ask you to reconsider a larger conversation about gender and life.
    Fyer , Fyer!
    Starts: Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
    Ends: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
    Gershwin Hotel
    7 East 27th Street
    New York, United States
    10016
    SIREN Baroque kicks off its third season with Fyer, Fyer!, the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements, in a special collaboration with the innovative baroque dancers Laura Careless and Marisol Cabrera. The program features blazingly passionate works by Morley, Monteverdi, Rebel, Scarlatti, and Handel, all of which use fire as a metaphor for nature’s wrath, spiritual zeal, lustful ardor, or the terrors of hell. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) accompanied by strikingly seductive choreography, it promises to be an evening to ignite the senses.
    Phone: 212-545-8000