Thomas-Mueller’s large-scale paintings—some as big as 100” X 50”—will be on display in the Edwards Art Gallery at Holderness School in January and February. “The Metaphorical Landscape: Drawings of Margery Thomas-Mueller” will open with an artist talk and reception on Friday, January 12.
Thomas-Mueller’s abstract landscapes are created with graphite and India ink on YUPO, a synthetic paper that has no tooth to hold the ink. “YUPO has amazing texture and is flexible,” Thomas-Mueller explained in an interview with The Take Magazine. “You can work on it with any medium and wipe it clean. It’s not permanent and, to me, that’s a statement. It’s like our constantly evolving landscape and the lack of permanence in the world today.”
Working from a rolling ladder so she can reach all corners of her massive canvases, Thomas-Mueller paints spindly branches, delicate flowers, and gnarled trunks that drip down the paper and form thick webs of impenetrable living plants.
“There are thickets and entanglements of landscape to wade through, and, in some, the reward of light awaits in the distance,” observes Director of the Edwards Art Gallery Franz Nicolay. “While the reference to actual landscape is present in the detailing, Mueller also creates a magical, interior landscape linked to our emotions, thus fusing the two worlds we experience daily.”
Thomas-Mueller discovered her gift and passion for art in high school and went on to major in painting at Carnegie Mellon University and later studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Italy. Her first career, however, was in residential and commercial interior design. For 40 years, she built a successful business in New York City, eventually opening Margery Thomas and Associates. It wasn’t until 2012, that she moved to New Hampshire and pursued painting full time. Since then she’s had several solo shows, been accepted into national and international juried shows, and sold her work to private clients.
Thomas-Mueller shares some of her own emotions and experiences, the ones that have shaped her work, at the end of her artist statement for the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery: “I read about prisons in America that hold innocents, black men beaten by society, issues facing women all over the world, attacks on Planned Parenthood, anti-semitism, migrant Europe…I draw the thickets.”
Thomas-Mueller will share more details about her paintings and techniques during a gallery talk in Holderness School’s Edwards Art Gallery on Friday, January 12 from 5:05 PM-5:50 PM and at the opening reception from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. All are welcome to attend both events.
The exhibit will end on Friday, March 2, and will also be closed during the school’s vacation from February 4-6.
Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 AM – Noon