Please take a moment to consider the work of my friend Mary Lundberg.
Mary got her MFA from the University of Memphis and was a great friend to have while she was here. We used to walk our dogs together at Shelby Farms every weekend.
After she left Memphis, Mary's art got political:
Project fifty-two is a series Mary has been working on about pets euthanized at the animal shelter. While living in East TN, she began working with a local animal shelter and in doing so had her eyes opened to the large number of highly adoptable pets that were being put down. She decided to make work about the animals she met who died - to commemorate their lives and to make a statement about the situation. The project has been a difficult one and is far from being completed at this point. From the start of the project, she created a blog to document her progress it can be seen here .
Now Mary is using her training as an artist to deal with another even more difficult issue, her recent experience with breast cancer. Here's what she has to say about the experience:
So as I go through treatment for breast cancer I make art. I am currently working on several drawings and will be doing my first performance piece. I will update this page as things happen... I intend to show the body of work after I finish treatment. It is important to me to make work about my experience as I go through it and not just when I am well and reflect on my experience. I am working on the perspective I have on things now - there will be many years for me to look back and create art using a different perspective. Currently there are many things in the works as far as my art.... As I am struggling with the chemo treatments I am putting most of my other work on hold. I really do hate cancer.
If you'd like to take a moment to support Mary and her work, she has work available for purchase through etsy.com.