Mary-Louise Browne

b. 1957

Born in 1957, Mary-Louise Browne graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 1982. She has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and developed several public art commissions.

Working between the virtual and material existence, Browne presents words in a range of media including granite, glass, metal, canvas, leather and paper. Re-presenting found texts, Browne gives familiar mottoes, maxims, instructions and classic movie or song lines new form and context, challenging their conventional reading and demonstrating how apparently simple words can have multiple layers of meaning. Delighting in double entendres and the clash of high art and the craft of sign writing, works such as 'Firm Grip' (2004) and 'Soft Core' (2004) and the 'Goodness' series (2006) conflate the tactile materiality of leather with the connotations of the words depicted.

"Mary-Louise Browne is a sculptor of words. Her work contains a narrative - a psycho, sexual, social, political commentary on contemporary life and an engagement with the politics of history, feminism and social context."

~ quoted from the Wellington Sculpture Trust

See also:

Mary-Louise Browne, ‘Body to Soul’ (1996), Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā, Kelburn, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Image: Wellington Sculpture Trust