As it did for many, the pandemic turned my life around. Beyond the given of avoiding routines I took for granted—going to the store, interacting with people face to face, being able to travel—my biggest concern was the fear of not knowing how to keep safe. So, I turned to my 10’ x 14’ center city backyard as a refuge from a world that every day felt threatening in a new way. My time gardening has helped me to breathe deeply, take my time, take small chances, and accept that not everything is in my control. It is a hard but good lesson to learn in these pandemic times.
Mary recently retired from teaching book arts and printmaking at the University of the Arts. Exhibited nationally and internationally her work portrays the geography of loss through images exploring the transition between darkness and light.