- Gold Medal for Best Art Book 2017
IPA Independent Press Awards
In this collection of seventy-six collages, astounding things happen. Rocks fall out of the sky, people also. Enormous knives threaten unprotected flesh, mouths stretch to the point of pain. But then, these scenes of horror are punctuated by moments of surreal humor—like fishermen landing human brains or sportsmen catching them. On first viewing, such bizarre, often nightmarish scenes look worlds apart from Mito’s “realistic” paintings and drawings. However, reflection reveals that her two bodies of work don’t simply complement, they actually complete each other. To comprehend this singular artist’s accomplishment you need both. Taken together, Mito’s work makes us see the strange in the familiar, and recognize the familiar in what looks strange.
Mary Mito: After living and working in New York for thirty years, Mary Mito now resides in Santa Fe. Her work is in notable museum and private collections in the United States and abroad.
Arden Reed: Arden Reed is Professor of English at Pomona College. A Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellow, his latest book, Slow Art, is forthcoming from the University of California Press.
Size: 12.5 x 12.5 in.
Plates: 81 color plates