FROM KOLAJ 26
Mary Ellen Bartley
Wainscott, New York, USA
Mary Ellen Bartley is known for her photographs exploring the tactile and formal qualities of the printed book and its potential for abstraction. One aspect of her practice is working in unique libraries and archives where she responds to collections and their habitats developing projects over time spent with them. A portfolio of her work appears in Kolaj 26. She writes, “I’m using collage in this series as a way to underscore the materiality of the worn volumes and as a strategy to play with abstraction.”
Mary Ellen Bartley holds a BFA from Purchase College, State University of New York. Her work has been shown widely in North America, Europe and Central America. She was a visiting artist at the Pollock Krasner House and Study Center during the winter of 2018. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, New York, and Guild Hall Art Museum in East Hampton, New York, among others. Find out more at www.maryellenbartley.com.