Mary Giehl: Discarded

“My work has taken on themes that I had encountered through my work experience as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. I had often cared for children after they had been abused, much of my work focuses around this theme. There are hints of darkness and confinement in my installations along with a mixture and balance of playfulness and seriousness.

My work participates in a discussion that analyzes and disentangles specific images of our culture about our children. I have made the decision that my work would not offer that escape into an aesthetic discussion, intellectual diversion, imaginative fantasy, or simple entertainment. I am interested in creating works that educates, agitates and troubles the audience. It is important to captivate the audience to have them bond with the work to create that lasting memory.” – Artist’s Statement

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