New York

Mary Armstrong

Victoria Munroe Gallery

Mary Armstrong is a painter who in recent years has continued to mine the rich emblematic ground uniting nature and art. In this group of paintings she reaches new levels of profound expression in her chosen area.

Armstrong seamlessly brings together a complex content and multidimensional form in powerful compositions with startling iconic integrity. She is tuned into the universal psychic or spiritual forces that make themselves known through physical changes in nature. Every aspect of these paintings, from the distinctive frame-in-frame format and the wood-panel surface, to the thick built-up layers of paint, is geared to revealing the organizational structure and sweeping forces of growth governing all of life.

In Magnolias for Susan H., 1989, the blossoms of this flowering plant serve as the basis for the effluent rhythmical pattern of Vs or cups; that captures the rising sensation, the

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