Mary Cost’s Statement
I tend to work in series, one idea leading to the next, each image building upon the ones that come before, resolving their questions as they arise. My art is emotional and experiential. It owes little to formal art theory, but a great deal to the world around me. For the past few years I have been working on a series inspired by the architecture that surrounds me here in New Mexico.
I am fascinated by the play of light on the curves and angles of these adobe buildings and the way their solid bulk contrasts with the ever-changing drama of our vast New Mexico skies. I dye all my own yarn in a palette based on the colors of the Southwest, rusty reds, golden yellows and soft, chamisa greens.
Mary Cost’s Biography
Having grown up the daughter of a musician and a professor of art history, with a resident grandmother who created hooked rugs from wools she dyed on the kitchen stove, it is hardly surprising that I gravitated to the arts. First I was a poet, then later I worked in stained glass, but it wasn’t until I moved to New Mexico that I discovered weaving.
I have been most fortunate in the opportunity to study with superb tapestry artists here in Santa Fe — notably James Koehler, my teacher and mentor from 2002 until his untimely death in 2011, and Karen Benjamin, friend, guide and advisor to this day — and to participate in workshops lead by Jean Pierre Larochette, Yael Lurie, Susan Iverson, Susan Martin-Maffei, and Mary Zicafoose, among others.