Nature and Industry Collide in Surreal Collage Paintings

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Geometric stacks and fine lined grids cover Mary Iverson‘s collage paintings — works she was inspired to make after realizing her growing fascination with global trade and environmental issues. Her interest was sparked by observing and painting the container terminals at the Port of Seattle. The artist superimposes stacks of colorful geometric shapes — shipping containers — on top of lush, 19th century-style landscapes, creating surreal vistas. “The background images in my collages are cut directly from environmental magazines. These works address the issue of appropriation. My process of ‘stealing’ images from magazines parallels the process of appropriating natural resources for private gain,” Iverson writes on her website. She embellishes the forests and rivers with her own oil and acrylic paint touches — images of nature juxtaposed with man-made materials further emphasizing her point. See them for yourself in our gallery.

Image credit: Mary Iverson [Spotted via Robot Mafia]

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson

Image credit: Mary Iverson