Mary Weatherford’s paintings and drawings are abstractions that often originate from a particular landscape, in the early years drawn from life and more recently taking a site merely as a point of departure. During her summer residency in Careyes, she staged workshops with local school children that focused on collage, abstraction, and landscape, with a particular examination of color and light. Weatherford employed her technique of stain paintings using found fabrics, and in many of the works, the children utilized sea shells they collected and other elements such as sand and buttons to create both abstract and representational compositions inspired by the local landscape of Perula. After the exhibition, the paintings were returned to the children.
Weatherford received her MFA from Bard College, her BA from Princeton, and attended the Whitney ISP Program. She has exhibited at David Kordansky Gallery, Brennan & Griffin, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, LA><ART, MoMa/PS1, Hammer Museum, JGM Galerie, Paris, California Biennial, and Orange County Museum of Art.