Mary Bogdan’s works deal with the theme of change or the hope of change. The artist addresses the issue of personal evolution in her own unique way through her encounter with the creative process. Within the moments of incidental illuminations that occur along the way, she discovers hope for metamorphosis, leading to transformation and ultimately, transcendence.
The work involves the recycling, recovery, manipulation and alteration of “found” objects and demonstrates the pursuit of reinvention of self, of an approach to life or a way of being. It addresses the shaping of the self through the creation of art, both on a personal and collective level. The work looks at inner struggles and seeks a better understanding of self and its place in our society. It portrays a quest for healing – a way to undo the past or, at least, to understand the present and invent a better future.