Mary Ward is indeed quite contrary. Even in her studio practice as a visual artist, she is interested in the oddballs, things that are wonky, dirty, rejected and marginalized, and certainly anything makeshift. The weirdos are her people. What might generally be considered low brow or bad taste become subject of interests woven throughout her work. Nostalgia, Pop Culture, Folklore and Kitsch (her true love) often come into play as well. These aesthetic choices all work as a tool to challenge the viewer to reconsider their relationship with art and each our intrinsic value systems , both as an individual and as a culture, and . Her work tends to be direct reflections of her personality and her own personal narrative as she navigates through the existential realities of the human condition.
Mary lives and works in Knoxville, TN. She, along with DJ Wagner maintain a studio in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood, and both are founding members of HTM Studios since 2014. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee in 2010, majoring in Painting and Art History. She is associated with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and active in Knoxville's art community. She is available for commissions in murals, drawings and paintings, embroidery and talkin' trash.