Mary Edna Fraser
Time To Detox
Charleston, South Carolina
Mary Edna graduated from East Carolina University, having double majored in Interior Design and Clothing and Textiles. She took graduate courses in dyeing and resist techniques at the Arrowmont School of Crafts, University of Tennessee at Gatlinburg. Her work explores aerial perspective landscapes. Working in the ancient textile medium of batik, she merges modern dye technology on silk with aerial satellite photography, maps and Charts. She collaborated on the critically acclaimed text (New Yorker and National Geographic), A Celebration of the worlds Barrier Islands, Columbia University Press,2003. In 1994-95 she was the first woman to have a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Her work is collected and exhibited extensively.
“I chose to unite with artists on the Landfillart Project because I have spent my…life as an environmental activist. If every human on the planet took this issue to heart and worked to go green in their home and surrounding areas, we could change the pattern of trash. As an aerial landscape artist, I see the huge piles of landfill from the…airplane. The sight is like a wound in the Earth, a scar of debris. I also see many endeavors to reuse and know we can alter the habit of useless consumerism.”Mary Edna Fraser