Artist Statement

I've always been fascinated with the subtle details that decorate our surroundings; the intricate veins of a leaf, the finely textured surface of a stone, or the fluidity of our own pen stroke. While many of my works appear to be abstract, all begin as a response to something tangible yet seemingly insignificant. Even the tiniest of repeat patterns have a way of catching my eye and I find their slight nuances to be an endless source of inspiration.


Mary Calarco is a mixed media artist who utilizes painting, block printing and traditional rug hooking techniques. Through repetition, deconstruction and collage, she reveals the vulnerability of tactile materials to create artwork that is approachable, modern and imperfect.

An Interdisciplinary Studies graduate at Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), Mary has extensive experience in arts administration, art/fine craft jurying, event management and community outreach. (One of a Kind Show, Craft Ontario, Guelph Arts Council, City of Guelph Culture Map, ArtsSmarts Guelph). She works from her home studio in Guelph, Ontario.