Mary James Ketch
Mary James Ketch is a contemporary American artist living in Norman, Oklahoma. Her narrative paintings are a visual distillation of scenes of everyday life, in which the figures seem to inhabit a lyrical dream-like world. She draws on memories from childhood, family life, and the surrounding landscape. Ketch attended the University of Oklahoma before receiving her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television.
"One of my favorite movies is It's a Wonderful Life. I love the moment when George moves from wanting to throw his life away to realizing how beautiful and glorious it really was--even if, and maybe because, his grand visions didn't come to fruition.
I believe there is beauty and mystery in moments of the everyday--moments we often throw away. And it is my mission to pay attention and give presence to those moments. It's a wonderful day. Every day.
I also believe that our environments really affect us, and that everyone deserves to be surrounded by beauty and love and light. From our work to our homes to everywhere in between. That’s why a portion of all sales goes to organizations that help end homelessness and give shelter to women escaping domestic violence, because sometimes the most beautiful thing can be four blank walls that you feel safe in."
2018 Fringe, The Art Hall, Oklahoma City
2017 Kindred, Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, OK
2017 IAO Juried Show, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OKC
2016 Utopia Current Gallery, OKC
2016 Concept: Survey Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa
2016 Fringe Annual Show Graphite Gallery, OKC
2015 Illuminate Mainsite Gallery, Norman, OK
2015 Fringe Annual Show, The Project Box, Paseo, OKC
2015 Husbands, Wives, and Lovers (solo exhibition) The Project Box, Paseo, OKC
2015 Choices, Cowboy Hall of Fame, OKC
2014 Solstice, Istvan Gallery, OKC
2014 Wings of Art, Istvan Gallery OKC
2013 Swoon, Istvan Gallery OKC
2013 Deep Six, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, OKC
2013 Reverie, a.k.a gallery, OKC
2013 Locus, Istvan Gallery, OKC