Mary Claire Becker
Mary Claire Becker is currently enrolled in the Printmaking graduate program at the University of Iowa. She obtained her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2012, graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in Printmaking. She has spent time as a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, and as a volunteer print shop technician at her alma mater.
Mary Claire's work merges decorative ornamentation with scientific illustration, blurring lines between abstraction and representation to communicate both immaterial and material truths. Lithography and intaglio allow for fine detail in illustrations, and silkscreen and relief create blocks of pattern that are overlapped to embellish the subject matter. She sees each impression as a building block for larger compositional structures, and uses printmaking as an element in relief sculptures, artist books, and stop-motion animations.