Mary Fries

I approach artmaking as an exploration of permanence and time. I explore growth, decay, and the fragility of physical form. Neither wholly abstracted nor bound to strict realism, my paintings capture a living moment in static form. Saturated colors exaggerate subtle variations that shift as sunlight crosses a surface or a human body breathes. The artist, the subject, and the medium all travel through time at the speed of light, and the goal of art is to use light to stop time.