Mary-Ann Kokoska was born in Toronto, Canada. Her education includes an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, a BFA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, as well as an Advanced Certificate from the St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England.
She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in commercial and public galleries, and alternative artist-run centers. Some of these are located in: Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Denver, London, Wales, Prague, Italy. She is currently a member of A.I.R. Gallery, NY and her work can be found in corporate, private and public museum collections.
Ms. Kokoska is also the recipient of awards from the Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council and Colorado State University where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History.
My recent work addresses the changing nature of landscape and our altered perception of it, in response to global warming. In so doing I revisit and question the traditions of a picturesque vista in light of recent climactic events. I am particularly interested in the devastating wild fires and recent episode of torrential rain that resulted in one of the most destructive floods in Colorado history.
Overall my work represents an environment in flux through the medium and process of drawing and collage. These processes are most appropriate for conveying the instability of our global climate through their immediacy and malleability. I compose in fragments, bits of representation and pieces of paper. Shapes are loosely organized, intentionally ambiguous and open ended such that one merges into another. The viewer makes associations via the fragments of information given. But the image is never given in its entirety. I deliberately play with ambiguity and uncertainty reflecting the instability of our current situation in nature.”