Seattle artist Mary Coss creates narrative inspired sculpture and time-based installation that considers contemporary culture. Using a mix of materials, cast and fabricated, and common iconography, she re-contextualizes artifacts to investigate issues of identity, memory, and social justice. Born in Detroit and raised in an atmosphere of politics, art, and spirituality, she has traveled extensively collecting stories and telling them through her art. Coss received an MFA from Syracuse University in Experimental Studios. This introduced a life-long interest in layering social relevance with sculpture, sound, projection, and light.
Coss has received grants from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Puffin Foundation, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Residencies include Willapa Bay, a cultural exchange with Candyland Arts in Stockholm, a 3-year installation residency at San Juan Museum & Sculpture Park, collaborative and solo residencies at Centrum, and a James & Janie Washington Foundation AIR. Research trips to France, Guatemala and Scotland, and workshops in Istanbul layered creative inquiry, collaboration, and travel.
Recent feature exhibits include AgentC in Vancouver BC, METHOD Gallery solo show and KISS FEAR at BONFIRE Gallery in Seattle, WA, Candyland in Stockholm, The Museum of Sound and the Wing Luke Museum “Race in the 21st Century” in Seattle, Bellevue Sculpture, Sculpture Northwest and NEW YORK NOW! 015. Her work can be found in several sculpture parks including San Juan Island Sculpture Park, Karla Matzke Sculpture Park, and Port Angeles Art Museum/Webster Woods. Her public projects are in numerous collections including King County and Seattle Housing Authorities, McNeil Island Corrections Center, and Carlsbad Public Library.
Coss is co-founder of METHOD Gallery and actively curates shows exploring rigorous art and contemporary process.