Mary Hession is a visual artist based in Connemara. She studied Art & Design at Galway Mayo GMIT graduating in 2010, she was awarded the Linenhall GMIT Student of the Year Award 2010. Although primarily a painter Mary also incorporates etchings, lino prints and mono prints into her practice. Mary is a member of the Twenty Ten Artists Group based in the Lismariane Centre, Co. Mayo. She has exhibited widely and her paintings have been selected for many juried shows including Westival, Mayo Artists’ Biennial Show, Caride Visual, The Model , Sligo (shortlisted for prize). Mary is included in many private and public collections including AIB, Telecom Eireann, and Kylemore Abbey.
‘ My work depicts the natural landscape around me, not the majestic views of Connemara but the bogs, the bog pools, the hedge rows, the trees. The work drifts between abstraction and naturalism. Some evoke a sense of naturalistic space others use flat abstract blocks of color to depict the peat bogs ,the water or the mountains.’
‘My current work is my immediate and visceral response to the ecological disasters unfolding across the world. Global warming, loss of habitat , land clearance and misuse are all problems here in Connemara as well, issues contemporary landscape artists will have to contend with in the future.’
“We must hear the suffering of nature”.