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Mary Porterfield

Mary Porterfield’s drawings are influenced by her work in healthcare. With soft edges and careful rendering, she creates invented spaces and allegorical scenes that attempt to ask: If assistance is warranted, but not wanted, should it be abandoned? Why is a long life given to some, yet denied others? Is it more heroic to accept the uncontrollable or attempt change in the midst of futility or danger? Porterfield’s intention is to provide a balanced perspective between giving and receiving when assisting others.

 

In Silence, oil on layered glassine, 28”x58” (Collection of Rockford Art Museum)
Last Dance, oil on layered glassine, 28"x24"
Cherish, oil on layered glassine, 30"x40"
The Protectors, oil on layered glassine, 26"x28"
Alice Begins, oil on layered glassine, 36"x36"
In Choosing, oil on layered glassine, 30"x40"
Seen and Unseen, oil on layered glassine, 20"x28"
The Imagined, oil on vellum, 27"x25"
Mirrored Reflections, oil on layered glassine, 34"x34"
Passages, oil on layered glassine on yupo and vellum, 20”x26”
Upon Hearing, Oil on layered glassine, 20"x16"
Echoes of Flight, charcoal, pastel on paper, 11”x14"
Swimming Towards and Against, charcoal, pastel on paper, 11”x14”
Hanging On, charcoal, pastel on paper, 14”x11”
The Surrender, charcoal, pastel on paper, 11”x14”
The Weight of the Carry, charcoal, pastel on paper, 11”x14”
The Guardian's Watch, charcoal, pastel on paper, 11”x14”