Mysterious Mary displays her work at Caron Prince

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Colorful creatures and lush, lively flowers are on display at the Caron Prince Gallery, but their origins are a mystery.
All that’s known is that they come from the imagination of Mary, an artist from Fulton who wishes to remain anonymous. Mary – which isn’t her real name – has painted her whole life, but is only just now breaking out on the local art scene. Her paintings are full of creatures and worlds so surreal, they look as if they belong in a Tim Burton movie.
“It’s going to be about beings not being as they seem to be,” she said. “Everything’s going to be the opposite of what it really is.”
Mary’s first art show, “Oddities, Curiosities and Other Beings,” opens tonight at the Caron Prince Gallery with a reception.
Her paintings are mostly done in acrylic, with a bit of mixed media, and she’s working on a few sculptures.
“I started dabbling with papier mache, and then there are paintings with papier mache worked into them,” she said.
Her art is so personal that she’s still a bit uncomfortable with others seeing it.
“At first I didn’t want to show people anything, because it felt like my diary was just laid out so you could see what I was feeling,” Mary said. “It’s just an expression of how I’m feeling.”
She admits she’s still a little nervous about the reception – “I wanna vomit,” she said, laughing – but the show includes more than just her work, as there will be performances by her pals Daniel Lee and the comedy troupe West of Shake Rag.
“I get really excited when I think about all these people enjoying all these different things, and looking at my work, too,” she said.
Mary said many of her friends know about her superhero-y, artistic alter ego, but it’s still fun to play up the mystery. In fact, at the opening reception, she’ll wear a mask or costume to conceal her identity.
“I just prefer for it to be about the art,” she said, “instead of who I am.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Check it out
What: “Oddities, Curiosities and Other Beings” by Mary reception, featuring West of Shake Rag and music by Daniel Lee

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today

Where: Caron Prince Gallery, Tupelo

Cost: Free

Info: (662) 205-0351

Extra: Masks and costumes are welcome.