Mary Temple was born in 1957 in Arizona and received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. Though trained as a painter, her works, many of which are conceptual installation pieces, blur the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and drawing. Her practice deals with themes such as informational spin, false documents, and verisimilitude.
Temple’s painting in the Hassenfeld Center’s consultation room is a meditative and peaceful painting that depicts light casting shadows of trees across one wall of the room. “Increasingly, the architectural environment became an important component in my process of art making. At this point, conceptual and physical spaces provide a structuring framework for my thinking. I’m interested in identifying, and at times modifying, aspects of environmental perception. The choice of material is specific to the nature of each piece. Paint remains a viable means of conveying ideas for me, but just as often it seems that alternative media may more adequately describe the work’s sensibility.”
Temple’s works have been shown in multiple locations including the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, SculptureCenter (New York), MASS MoCA (North Adams), and the Rice Gallery (Houston). She lives and work in Brooklyn, NY.
RxArt worked with Mary Temple in 2007 to install a site-specific wall painting in a consultation room at Hassenfeld Center in New York.