About the Book
In the messy business of making an artwork, materials and their qualities are central to an artist's whole practice. Whichever culture we grow up in we become carriers of long traditions which we explore and challenge. The questions raised about finding common ground between artists coming from long but differing traditions in a global, geographically shrinking world, and the potential for misunderstandings as well as mutual enrichment, has, we think, extended the dialogue which we hope is an essential part of Paper Exchange in the Open Books project. In order to reach across the divides of languages within this group, this book is written in English, Mandarin and Welsh.
Mary Husted and Maggie James, co-curators of Open Books and Paper Exchange
Mary Husted grew up in Sussex, England after the war. She studied graphics in the early 60s, in Sussex and Germany, but dropped out to have children. She moved to Wales with her second husband and family in 1979. In the mid 80s she returned to study Fine Art in Cardiff, and since graduating in 1990 she has exhibited widely - in the UK, northern Europe, Canada, United States, Australia and Hong Kong, including many solo exhibitions. She is based in South Wales but has spent extended periods living and working in Australia and South East Asia. She has work in public and private collections in Europe, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. In the last few years she has spent more of her time writing and some excerpts have been published in anthologies. She is now in the process of writing a memoir.