Mary Pal

Juried Artist Member (JAM)

Toronto ON

Artist Statement
My process involves saturating cheesecloth with adhesive and sculpting it into forms that are ultimately machine-stitched to a background textile, which is sometimes painted to reflect imagery connected to the cheesecloth subject.

Cheesecloth for me represents the very essence of textiles – the most minimal configuration of warp and weft. Its fluidity permits me to control opacity, to depict light and transparency, to play with chiaroscuro. I am thus able to sculpt a two-dimensional representation that nonetheless reflects a unique depth and texture. And further, I am free to explore the connection between process and materials and the way that they relate to my subject matter, be it the texture and vulnerability of the human face or the random textures of the natural world.

Mary has two on-demand introductory cheesecloth workshops available through her teaching website link below.