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Mary Ann Lomonaco:
Recyclables Reconsidered

National Juried Solo Show
Feb 9 - Mar 23, 2019
Opening Reception Feb 9, 3-6pm

Juror: Michael Gitlitz, Executive Director, Katonah Museum of Art

"As a fiber artist/papermaker, I’ve worked with many materials.  One day, I was preparing to cut up a kitchen mop head to use as a cellulose fiber and put into my paper beater for pulp.  I placed it on a hook as I went to get my scissors, and was struck by how much it resembled the beautiful masks/headdresses from Papua New Guinea I’ve admired at the Metropolitan Museum’s Rockefeller Collection.  I’d always been attracted to primitive art with its ability to transform humble items of everyday life into tactile, innovative works of art.  I began to explore the possibilities of using the kitchen mops as the common element and incorporating everyday objects into my contemporary headdresses.  My everyday objects are found in hardware stores and recycling bins and consist of items such as soda can tabs, nails, washers, grommets, roof flashing.  It’s very exciting for me to transform the menial mops into objects of beauty using these diverse materials we see everyday and using them in a unique way.”

Mary Ann Lomonaco graduated from Parsons Schools of Design with Honors in 1980. She was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts.  Most of her work involves recycling everyday materials and transforming these humble items into tactile, innovative works of art.  The Westchester County Airport commissioned her to create a large-scale piece for the top floor of its building.  She was also commissioned by the Oliver Carr Company to produce a lobby installation for its Arlington, Virginia headquarters.  Her artwork is in the collections of the United Federal Bank, World Bank Library, Neutrogena, AT&T, DuPont, Capital One, IBM, Citibank, The Neuberger Museum of Art and PepsiCo.  Recently Delta Airlines commissioned ten pieces for their new Executive Lounge at the San Francisco Airport as well as for their Atlanta headquarters. Her work also appears in Delta lounges in Seattle, JFK and Atlanta.

Mop with Royal Flycatcher

Mop with Royal Flycatcher

Mop with Feathers

Mop with Feathers