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Student of the Week: Mary Rockcastle

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This week’s student of the week is Mary Rockcastle. Primarily a digital illustrator, Mary also makes prints, paintings, and multimedia works.

Scroll down to view a sample of her work and artist statement:

Mary Rockcastle, Mystical Grrrl Print, Relief Printmaking, Martin Mazorra


Mary Rockcastle, Trouble, Illustrative Painting, Gavin Speilman


Mary Rockcastle, Timid Creatures, Personal


Artist Statement:

My work revolves around topics of female sexuality and bending the perception of gender as a binary concept. Inspired by photographers like Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman, I try to incorporate their inspiring and honest self portraiture into my work while creating something more illustrative for a commercial audience. I work in a number of mediums, but mostly revolve between oil painting, digital painting, and a combination of ink and watercolor. I enjoy creating shocking or thought provoking work with soft aesthetics in order to create a vital juxtaposition that keeps me sane. My goal is to eventually to find work that combines my love for storytelling and gender studies in order to inform an audience

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