Monday, May 13, 2019

Assemblages of Antiques, Ephemera and Found Objects

Assemblages of Antiques, Ephemera  and Found Objects © Mary Becker Weiss Brunswick ME USA
"Prince of Peace," "Material Witness"
and "A Moveable Feast"
Assemblages of Antiques, Ephemera 
and Found Objects
© Mary Becker Weiss

All Time Favorite Comment from a visitor in the Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival"Your assemblages remind me of that Joseph Campbell guy (Joseph Cornell) ~ you know that hermit who lived in his mother's basement all his life..."

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019


"Dream Catcher"
Archival Pigment Print 
on Birch Panel with Encaustic
© Mary Becker Weiss

“I have dreamt in my life, 
dreams that have stayed
with me ever after, and changed my ideas; 
they have gone through and through me, 
like wine through water, and altered 
the color of my mind. And this is one: 
I'm going to tell it - but take care not 
to smile at any part of it.” Emily Brontë

Sunday, March 31, 2019


"Recover the Words" 
Archival Pigment Print
© 2019 Mary Becker Weiss

"Recover the words.
You are beautiful.
And you know how to sing and dance."
~ Octavio Paz

Friday, November 16, 2018


1st Amendment Protections : Protect Our Democracy : 2018 Mary Becker Weiss
"Protect Our Democracy"
Archival Pigment Print
© 2018 Mary Becker Weiss

Protect Our Democracy: 14th Amendment 2018 Mary Becker Weiss
"14th Amendment"
Archival Pigment Print
© 2018 Mary Becker Weiss

“Freedom of the Press”
Archival Pigment Print
© 2019 Mary Becker Weiss

"Freedom to Peaceably Assemble" © 2019 Mary Becker Weiss
"Freedom to Peaceably Assemble"
© 2019 Mary Becker Weiss

Sunday, November 11, 2018

ABOUT MY WORK 2010 - Present

What is the name of your studio?
Corniche (A corniche is a road on the side of a cliff or mountain with the ground rising on one side of the road and falling away on the other. The word comes from the French route à corniche or road on a ledge.)

What medium do you work in? 
  • Traditional photography and digital reconstruction
  • Abstracts derived from early photographs and geometric drawings with encaustics
  • Assemblage of fine art scrolls, antiques, ephemera and found objects
Explain what you do in 100 words.
For my assemblages, I first create a tableau inspired by one of my photographs, a drawing, literary passage or music. Once printed on archival canvas, I incorporate smalls that are meaningful to the theme, such as clock parts, letters, numbers, stamps, keepsakes that I have stashed away for years. Once the pieces are assembled, I present them on a cradled birch panel, wash them with encaustics or display them in antique lap desk compartments which were used for home schooled children at the turn of the century.

"A Love Letter to Victor Hugo 
Assemblage of Antiques, Ephemera 
and Found Objects
© Mary Becker Weiss

(see more assemblages)
What are your Maine influences?
  • The support and encouragement of artists that I respect in and around Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner, and Midcoast Maine, when I began my new work.
  • The ocean, it goes without saying, stimulates my senses and imagination on many levels.
  • Most recently I have been influenced and inspired by my collaborative participation in UMVA’s ARRT! Workshops and UMVA Newsletters as well as my certification as a TIMESLIPS facilitator, which is a creative collaboration of artists and storytellers with dementia and varying levels of cognitive ability in response to art.
What excites you about making art?
It took me a while to get there, but I would say the unpredictability of the outcome, particularly with my abstracts. I grew up in the military as a child where every thing was clearly defined and delineated. Everything was black or white. No gray. No play. No creativity or “interpretation.” 

It took me years to unlearn those lessons and rigid structure and to let go of the reins in creating some of my pieces. It is when I have been able to relinquish that control that surprises have come my way that were unanticipated. At first it was frightening to let go, but now I have learned to embrace and welcome that moment.

"Brave New World" 
Detail of Encaustic Painting
© Mary Becker Weiss

Do you have art in your house? What kind of pieces?
Yes, we collect contemporary art as well as vintage art. I have always been drawn to those artists who create with passion and abandon. I love the early work of Helen Frankenthaler and Georgia O’Keeffe (though I don’t have either one), but I am just as inspired by fellow Maine artists
    What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
    Graphic and web design, CNA, freelancer

    Why art?
    It emancipates my demons (and there are many)...

    What memorable responses have you had to your work?
    • I get lost in your work and it is full of wonder, movement... swirling, rhythmical, solid and strong (the use of that brilliant gold with the deep red) yet a place to get caught and lost."
    • "Such powerful work. I tremble."
    • "Your work is breathtaking and brave. I am in awe."
    • "Mary Becker Weiss' work is not just "out of the box" it is WAY out of the box!"
    • "Mrs. Weiss, I like your paintings. They make me really dizzy." ~ From a 4th Grader in Gardiner
    • "Dear Ms. Becker Weiss, I think your "Speechless" has left me speechless. Actually it's truly bizarre (though I have gone back to look at it at least a half dozen times.")
    • “Mary, thank you for teaching me how to see.”
    Has your work changed over time? In what way?
    Though my intentions have remained constant, my work has dramatically evolved through the years. When I first started with simple non-objective drawings, I was determined to try to “create something that no one had seen before.” (Robert Mapplethorpe) Hah! I do admit that some of my early “barbaric yawps” are still floating around out there.

    "Up and Onward" and "Delicate Balance"
    Archival Pigment Prints
    © Mary Becker Weiss

    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
    • Love Edna St. Vincent Millay’s quote “depart, be lost, but climb.”
    Professionally, what’s your goal?
    • To continue to create work that is meaningful and to support those causes which have been so important to me through the years: “America Now: a Dialogue,” “Exploring Women’s Testimonies,” and “14th Amendment” at HHRC, “A Solo for Two Voices” at Unitarian Universalist Church, “Sister Rally for Women’s March on Washington,” “Transforming Violence II” at Harlow Gallery, and support of Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen for disaster relief.

    • To push away from my comfort zone. (Easier said than done, but I’m working on it…)