Artist Mary Tull

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I became a painter through years of dancing and making dances.  In graduate school, I began choreographing dances for camera using both still photography and video. My passion was to work with artists, especially soft sculpture artists, to construct abstract environments for multimedia works.  With painting I’ve discovered a new passion that allows me to continue my fascination with movement, especially the movement inherent in the landscapes of the Mountain West. 
My work is built around the integration of wax with paint and organic materials.  Some works are achieved through an encaustic process.  Others are a combination of oil, cold wax, and marking tools. These diverse media make possible powerful interactions and I find myself again in the role of choreographer with vision and partners that allow me to improvise through their unique properties. The resulting abstraction I pursue is one that translates feeling or memory of a place or action to others –to share the experience of moving in space, becoming absorbed in a landscape, or finding myself immersed in wonder by a singular moment in the natural world.   

Mary Tull is a mixed media painter and art activist in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Now recently retired as director of the University of Utah’s Taft Nicholson Environmental Humanities Center, she can be found in her Emigration Canyon Spirit Lab studio.  Her support of the arts has ranged from establishing Artist in Residence programs, to serving as director of the Leonardo on Library Square where she worked with her team to design, develop, and provide initial funding for a new concept museum integrating the arts, sciences, and technology. In 2002 Mary provided leadership to create a celebrated juried exhibit, Utah Arts 2002, to showcase the work of Utah artists during the Winter Olympics. In 2019 she was on the Steering Committee launched the first Wasatch Studio Tour [...]

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